Armagnac Castarède Hors d’Age
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Armagnac Castarède VSOP is a great way to finish a rich meal. Serve it at room temperature, and pour a little into the bottom of a snifter glass. Let the aromas concentrate within the glass, and breathe them in deeply before sipping. You can almost imagine the ancient French noblemen around you.Back to shop
When you smell Armagnac Castarède VSOP, you’ll experience a delicate harmony of soft vanilla and plum notes.
When you taste Armagnac Castarède VSOP, an immediate freshness will give way to ripe fruity tones with hints of almond, in a round and balanced palate.
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.
This perfectly blended armagnac is a combination of eaux-de-vies, aged in oak barrels for over eight years. Made from the grape varieties Baco and Ugni Blanc, both of these species bring their own distinct characters to the final product: the fine, sophisticated palate of the Ugni Blanc meeting the round, ripe sweetness of the Baco, to create a complex and tantalising flavour array.
To obtain the appellation “VSOP”, an armagnac must be aged for at least four years. Castarède Armagnac VSOP is aged for twice that, in locally handcrafted black oak barrels. For the first year of ageing, the barrels are new, in order to give the armagnac a boost of tannin. Next, the spirit is transferred to older barrels, which imbue the armagnac with a remarkable softness and sweetness.
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