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ARMAGNAC………this is a French brandy known as number two when compared to its near neighbour COGNAC.
Most devotees of fine brandy will tell you they are certainly different, but undeniably equals. The two brandies utilise in the main different grapes and armagnac's base wine is made from a blend of several grape varities, while cognac is produced mainly from one variety Ugni Blanc. The variation in distillation and maturation techniques all lend to their differences. Although another similarity between both brandies, is that, most of what is produced is blended, with a primary objective of providing customers with consistant and reliable quality brandies year in year out.
Armagnac (Brandy of D'Artagnan) is produced in the Pays de Gascogne region in the South West of France. The area is made-up of three sub-regions………"Bas-Armagnac," "Tenareze" and "Haut-Armagnac." Some experts like to compare the three sub-regions, others will compare the individual Armagnacs of the producers collectively from within all three regions.
A good pointer to quality are the label designations of VS, VSOP and XO which are the same for both Armagnac and Cognac. Another quality indicator can be the vintage of an Armagnac, the vintage or age should represent the number of years the brandy has been maturing in wood. Armagnac styles and taste can vary enormously from one producer to another and a VSOP from one producer can taste superior to a XO from another distillery, but much is down to one's own taste profile when selecting a good quality Armagnac or Cognac.
Alexander Hadleigh Wine Merchants, Southampton, Hampshire, UK do offer a wide and varied selection of Armagnac brandies, including VS, VSOP, XO, vintage and aged. Our fine Armagnacs from all three sub-regions will match and suit most budgets and are available online or from our Southampton Wine Shop.
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Chateau de Laubade Signature VS Bas Armagnac has a golden colour with brown glints and great brightness. The nose has intense flavours of peaches and apricots, followed by spicy notes of vanilla and liquorice on the palate. More sweet warm spice and toasted oak make their presence on the finish.
Comte de Lauvia Fine Armagnac has been selected and blended from eaux-de vie of the grape harvests between 2009 and 2012, matured separately by grape variety and domaine, with a first ageing in new casks and second ageing in re-fill casks to encourage a robust exchange with both subtlety and complexity. This Fine Armagnac has a nose of vanilla, lemon and lime blossom with a supple, fruity palate and exquisite finish.
Chateau de Laubade Signature VSOP Bas Armagnac is a blend of fine armagnacs of at least six years old. The nose is floral with hints of dried fruit, including apricot and mango. The palate is rich and refined, lots of sweet spices, vanilla and brown sugar, followed by a long fruity finish.
Comte de Lauvia Reserve Armagnac has been selected and blended from eaux de vie of the grape harvests between 2001 and 2009, matured in new casks , then a second ageing in refilled casks. A nose of honey, candied quince, lilac with a delicate, spicy palate and a round, generous finish.
Samalens Single 8 Year old Bas-Armagnac ia a 100% Ugni Blanc brandy with a brilliant pale yellow colour. Very delicate on the nose with oaky, vanilla character and a hint of port or dark sherry. Notes of rose petals, dried fruits and hazelnut, almond and walnut. Supple and velvety on the palate with an intense floral aroma and a touch of spice and liquorice. The dried fruits, plus mango are key parts to long, lingering finish.
Baron de Sigognac 10 Year Old Bas Armagnac has a deep golden amber colour and a sweet nuances on the nose of dried apricots, white chocolate and toasted oak. The taste provides dried mango to the tongue, followed by warm spice and toasted oak. The aftertaste lingers on for a long time and giving way to lots of dried fruit, vanilla and oak.
Chateau de Laubade Intemporel Hors d\' Age Bas Armagnac is a blend of fifteen fine armagnacs, the youngest of which is twelve years old. The age helps produce a brandy of great character and body, full of deep flavours and fragrances. Dark toffee, mango, manuka honey and molasses stand out on the palate, followed by a long and complex finish.
Chateau de Laubade Signature XO Bas Armagnac has a lovely rich mahogany colour, with hints of vanilla and dried mango on the nose. The palate develops fine tastes of citrus, orange peel and molasses. The finish has more vanilla mixed with sweet warm spices.
Samalens 1995 Vintage Bas-Armagnac has been distilled in a Continuous Still that dates back to the 19th century. This vintage Armagnac is golden cherry in appearance, with lots of oak on the nose, followed by hints of truffle and prune aromas. The brandy has a well rounded palate, with prune and dried mango flavours, afterwards sweet vanilla and fruit linger and linger on the finish.
Chateau de Laubade 40yrs, Armagnac is a blend of the four traditional Bas Armagnac grapes which have been harvested and vinified separately, after distillation, matured for 40 years or more in Gascony oak casks until their final blending and bottling.