Armagnac, as some locals will describe it to visitors is the oldest and the youngest spirit in France. Oldest because it was first distilled in the middle of the 15th century and youngest because the Armagnacaise are still arguing over how to distil it. Armagnac comes as a welcome contrast to the relative stagnation in Cognac. Read More »
An excellent high-strength non-vintage armagnac from the best region - Bas Armagnac produces heavier, more complex spirits and Domaine Boingneres is highly regarded, despite having a name that sounds a bit like a French bouncy castle.
A 1982 vintage Armagnac produced at Domaine de Busquet from Baco grapes and bottled by negociants Francis Darroze. Bottled at 31 years of age in 2013, this is a fantastic example of an aged Bas-Armagnac.
Darroze describe their Domaine de Bertruc 1984 armagnac as subtle, spicy, silky and 'simply superb' (not all in the same sentence, to be fair); but that's just not quite alliterative enough for us, so we'll add sophisticated, citrussy (cheating a bit) and sexily smooth as well.
A high strength 1978 vintage armagnac from Domaine de Lasgraves, a small producer in the Bas Armagnac region. They always distil at the beginning of winter as they believe that young wines produced the best armagnacs.
A majestic 40yo Bas Armagnac from Darroze, bottled for their Grands Assemblages range. With excellent complexity and finesse alongside powerful rancio, this is the perfect gift for any brandy-lover approaching that significant birthday at the end of their fourth decade.
A 1974 vintage Armagnac from grapes grown at Domaine de Poyanne and bottled by negociants Francis Darroze after 39 years of maturation. This was distilled in the year Darroze first began selecting high quality casks to bottle.
A 1971 vintage Armagnac from Baco grapes grown at Domaine de Pounon and bottled by negociants Francis Darroze after 42 years of maturation in 2013. Darroze have been selecting high quality casks to bottle since 1974 and are well respected in their field.
Chateau de Gaube is located in the Perquie area of Landes in Bas-Armagnac. The Baco grape is dominant in this estate, giving complexity, stability and flavour to all their armagnacs. This example, from the 1970 vintage, shows outstanding texture and depth of flavour.
This magnum bottle was distilled at Domaine de Salie in Bas Armagnac in 1998 from Baco grapes. Bottled by negociants Darroze in 2012 at 14 years of age, this should be an excellent example of fruity young Armagnac.
A 1967 vintage Armagnac selected by negociants Francis Darroze, but produced at Domaine de Busquet. Armagnac at this age (40 years plus) is fantastically complex and rich. This is an example of 100% Baco grape Armagnac.