Armagnac Castarède VSOP
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A rich and powerful armagnac from the oldest armagnac distillery in France, aged for over 20 years.
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Armagnacs make for great digestifs. They’re the perfect final touch to a meal, and Armagnac Castarède Hors d’Age is an incredibly luxurious way to round-off a delicious dinner. Serve it at room temperature, in a snifter glass. Let the aromas breathe, and sip while listening to some gloriously swirly jazz.Back to shop
When you smell Armagnac Castarède Hors d’Age, you’ll experience a warm cloud of Christmas-y, spicy fruit notes.
When you taste Armagnac Castarède Hors d’Age, you’ll be delighted by the richness of the palate, which envelops the tongue. Dark chocolate and almond notes make themselves known.
The Château de Maniban has been home to the Castarède family for centuries. Located in the Armagnac region in south-western France, its 16 hectares provide five different grape varieties for armagnac production, with all the distilling and bottling occurring onsite. Dating back to the 1500s, its long history has seen visits from kings, and the production of generations-worth of armagnacs.
When an armagnac is designated “Hors d’Age”, it means that it’s been aged for at least 10 years. Armagnac Castarède Hors d’Age has been aged for twice that, maturing in locally handcrafted black oak barrels for over 20 years on the grounds of the Castarède family’s ancient château. After receiving a jolt of tannin from the brand-new barrels of the first year, it’s transferred to older barrels and left to ripen. The sweetness and fullness of its character evolve delicately over time.
The distillation process is the same for all of the Castarède armagnacs, and has been for centuries. At the beginning of November, after the grape harvest, the armagnacs are distilled in column stills. This method means that the distillation process happens only once, continuously. All distillation and bottling happens right on the estate where the grapes are grown, giving the Castarède family a clear view over every step of the process.
Florence Castarède’s great-great-great-grandfather was the first of the family to start distilling armagnacs, back in 1832. The Castarède Distillery is the oldest armagnac distillery in France, and Florence carries on her family tradition with vigour. Having taken over from her father, Jean Castarède, almost 30 years ago, she maintains the supreme quality that the Castarède armagnacs are known for, and pays tribute to her rich heritage.More on the Brand