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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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Armagnac VSOP Carafe Carrement, Domaine Tariquet

Armagnac VSOP Carafe Carrement, Domaine Tariquet has plenty of juicy sultanas, prunes, and dates with toasty notes of gingerbread. Silky smooth vanilla and honeyed fruit balance hints of old leather and dusty oak.

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500ml £36.95

Comte de Lauvia Fine Armagnac,

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.

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700ml £38.95

Janneau VS Tradition Grand Armagnac,

Janneau VS Tradition Grand Armagnac is a blend of a number of fine armagnacs aged in French oak for four years which in turn produces a fine well balanced typical armagnac.

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700ml £41.50

Comte de Lauvia Reserve Armagnac,

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.

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700ml £46.95

Limited Stock

Sempe VSOP Armagnac

Sempe VSOP Armagnac is deep gold/light amber in colour. A fantastic nose of dried fruit, light wood with a touch of vanilla. An intensely delightful fi nish with complexity and roundness.

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700ml £48.50

Samalens Single 8 Year Old Bas-Armagnac,

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.

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700ml £52.55

Janneau VSOP Armagnac,

Janneau VSOP Armagnac is exceptionally fragrant and smooth, using eau de vie with a minimum of seven years age. The age gives much smoothness and long lasting sensuous pleasure.

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700ml £52.95

Comte de Lauvia Hors d'Auge Armagnac,

Comte de Lauvia Hors d\'Auge Armagnac has a lovely mahogany colour, aromas of prune, nuts and orange blossom. A rich palate with rancio notes and a complex and long-lived finish.

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700ml £65.95

Limited Stock

Sempe Single Barrel Armagnac 2011

Sempe Single Barrel Armagnac is one of the most well known trading houses in Armagnac, with over 32 gold medals and 28 silver medals. This Single Barrel Cask Strength edition is barrel No. PB 44, created using Bas Armagnac: 2011, A limited edition release.

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700ml £82.50

Janneau XO Royal Armagnac,

Janneau XO Royal Armagnac is aged for a minimum of 12 years. Deep in colour. opulent in nose, silky in body, smooth in taste and long, warming in finish.

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700ml £98.85

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Janneau XO 20 Year Old Grand Armagnac, 20

Janneau XO 20 Year Old Grand Armagnac is a more exclusive XO in the Janneau range. XO is the flagship Armagnac of the blends. In fact, the whole range is built around the XO. The eaux-de-vie used in the XO blend is aged for at least 20 years in old oak barrels. This 20 Year Old expression of Janneau XO has a round and enjoyable mouthfeel, with dried fruit flavours, touches of figs, honey and plums. It\'s delicate and harmonious, with well mastered notes of wood of vanilla and toffee.

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700ml £117.85

Samalens 1996 Vintage Bas-Armagnac, 1996

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.

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700ml £129.55

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Armagnac Baron de Sigognac 1948 1948

As Armagnac ages it becomes darker in colour and softer, smoother and more elegant on the palate whilst aromas and flavours of prunes, violets, fig, honey, butterscotch and rancio develop. Part of the alcohol evaporates naturally during the long years in cask – this is known as “la part des anges” (the angel’s share). Presented in an old-fashioned Armagnac bottle and wooden box, these rare vintage Armagnacs are available in strictly limited quantities. Each label is inscribed with the year of distillation, the name of the Domain of production, the bottle number and, where relevant, the grape variety. Only two bottles are in stock and available.

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