|- Vintage-dated Armagnac -
Robust, Rich and Characterful
The Perfect Birthday and Anniversary Gift
Armagnac, distilled mainly in Gascony in the southwest of France, is recognised as the only
brandy to come close to the quality of cognac - indeed some connoisseurs specifically prefer the
more robust flavour of armagnac. It is distilled once only, in a specialised copper still that was
invented in the Armagnac region on the nineteenth century. Frequently, small farmers use a
portable still, which is wheeled from farm to farm. It is then aged in black oak, which gives tannin
and deep colour to the brandy. The ageing and labelling of armagnac is done in much the same
way as cognac.
The region known as Armagnac is divided into three areas (in order of descending quality):
Bas-Armagnac, Ténarèze, and Haut Armagnac. Any bottle bearing only the word Armagnac,
without mention of any of the regions, is a blend of two or all three regions.
Unlike cognacs, vintage dated armagnacs have always been legal in France, and so a much
wider variety of vintage-specific bottlings are available.
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Janneau Grande Armagnac 1872
The oldest reserve of the Janneau family, a great armagnac.
An important large format bottle of Armagnac 1865
Grand Armagnac 1893
Rare early Armagnac from one of the greatest
vintages in the region ever. 50cl bottle.
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