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Armagnac

Armagnac is one of France’s oldest spirits, in fact it was in production over 150 years before Cognac and whilst Cognac’s popularity rather over-shadows its Gascon cousin, Armagnac is one of the world’s most stunning drinks - it’s an elegant, if slightly rustic, eau-de-vie. The Armagnac region lies in the Pays de Gascogne in the southwest of France. The area possesses a rich culture and the landscape is beautiful and widely cultivated for farming. The most popular grape varietals used in the production of Armagnac include Ugni Blanc, Bacco, Folle Blanche and Colombard and the region is divided into three appellations; Bas, Haut and Ténarèze.

Armagnac is singly distilled in an Alembic pot still and this makes for an initially rough spirit which, with age, becomes earthy, robust and full-bodied.

The vast majority of Armagnac produces are farmers who distil a little spirit every year to provide extra income and an enjoyable libation for themselves, but their product is seldom sold outside the reaches of their local towns and villages. There are only a few world-famous Armagnac distillers and Château du Tariquet is perhaps the best known.

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The 1994 vintage of bold, ruby red Bas-Armagnac from the House of Delord is certainly quite a looker, that's for sure. It was made by the third and fourth set of Delord brothers at their distillery in...  More info
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From the Domaine de Labadie vineyards, planted with largely with Picpoul (Folle Blanche) grapes which are picked at the end of September. It is aged for at least 6 years.  More info
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A 30 year old Bas-Armagnac, bottled by Darroze. Spicy but not fiery, the maturation has mellowed the eaux-de-vie, creating an intensely flavoursome Armagnac. Part of the Darroze decade-spanning Grands...  More info
$146.89
Janneau 5 Year Old
(70cl, 40%)
A 5 year old Armagnac with a light body and a great fruity flavour. This is a superb digestif with notes of apricot and oak, particularly good in a cocktail. Try this Janneau armagnac in a Mercenary...  More info
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$36.42
Distilled exclusively from the Folle Blanche, this terrific 1981 vintage from Domaine Boingnères offers up plenty of spice and richness.  More info
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An XO Armagnac from Chateau de Laubade in the Bas region. The Chateau was built in the region in 1870 and has been run by the Lesgourgues family since 1974. Rich and sweet, with nutty notes, stewed...  More info
$94.42
Well-aged Armagnac from Comte De Lauvia, matured for 15 years. It delivers a rich nose, packed full of delicate, complex touches and classic, rustic character. Enjoyed from a snifter, extenuating the...  More info
$72.98
An XO Armagnac from Baron de Sigognac, who have won many awards for their delightful expressions. This particular Armagnac features eaux-de-vie aged for at least six years, before it was expertly...  More info
$101.02
Bas Armagnac from Domaine Boingnères, a producer which was founded in 1807, and has maintained its quality over 6 generations.  More info
$118.83
Interestingly distilled via single distillation this Armagnac offers nutty flavours.  More info
$67.60
Janneau Tradition
(70cl, 40%)
A great entry-level Armagnac from the House of Janneau, one of the oldest producers of the spirit in the region, who were founded in 1851 in the ancient city of Condom. Elegant and inviting, the nose...  More info
$36.12
Baron De Lustrac 1982
(70cl, 40%)
A 1982 vintage Bas-Armagnac from Baron de Lustrac. Opens with vibrant floral and fruit touch, before diving into an exciting pool of spicy notes.  More info
$115.34
A stunning rich, intense Armagnac from stalwart producers Baron de Sigognac. This stuff is aged in 420 litre oak barrels which impart tannins and vanilla flavour into the brandy, as well as rich notes...  More info
$60.31
A 1986 vintage Bas Armagnac from Domaine de Lasgraves, made using the Baco grape variety. It spends its maturation period in 420 litre oak barrels for 10 to 30 years before being bottled at 46% ABV.  More info
$111.65
The Signature VS Bas Armagnac from Chateau de Laubade is made with a blend of eaux-de-vie from Ugni-Blanc and Folle Blanche grapes. The spirits were matured in Gascony oak casks, as Chateau de Laubade...  More info
$48.14
An 8 year old Armagnac from Darroze in the Bas Armagnac region for their Grand Assemblage series, which features the spirit bottled at different ages at around 43% abv (some of the older expressions...  More info
$76.09
A great blend of Bas-Armagnacs from Château du Tariquet aged for at least 3 years, superb value for money for such poise.  More info
$38.25
The 20 year old chapter of the Darroze Grands Assemblages range of Bas-Armagnac. After this moderately long maturation, the spirit still has plenty of youthful vibrancy, though age is starting to show...  More info
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La Grande Josiane
(50cl, 36%)
A French, Armagnac-based orange liqueur that offers more complexity than the standard citrus offering.  More info
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A 3 star (or VS, as it is more commonly known these days) Armagnac from Comte de Ferragut. This will have been made from a blend of armagnacs, all of which have matured in oak for at least two years...  More info
$42.20
While the brandies in both XO and Napoleon Armagnac must be aged for at least six years, many producers choose to have them be distinct expressions, which can show off the blending prowess and their...  More info
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$50.21
Comte de Ferragut XO
(70cl, 40%)
For their XO expression, Comte de Ferragut have used a more modern style of bottle, rather than the wider, more rounded ones from their other bottlings. The pinnacle of their range, this Armagnac will...  More info
$64.15
This is the Château De Briat La Cuvée Du Baron, made using well-aged eaux-de-vie from the Bas Armagnac region, which has been expertly blended to create quite the attractive tipple. Plenty of fruit...  More info
$110.49
A Hors D'Age Bas Armagnac from the Chateau De Briat, a long-standing house of Armagnac. Well aged and flavoursome, this Armagnac is rich and subtly sweet with bold notes of dried fruit.  More info
$122.69
A well-aged expression of single estate Bas Armagnac from Chateau de Laubade, which is made from eaux-de-vie which has matured for over 30 years. These have rested in traditional 400-litre oak casks...  More info
$367.22
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