A library tasting at Château de Ravignan. (Photo: John Rankin)

A Small Collection of Vintage Armagnac

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I love Armagnac. So, when I was presented with the opportunity to attend a seminar in which we were going to taste a small selection of vintage brandy with one of the Armagnacs dating all the way back to 1893, I jumped at the chance. Each proved to be an incredibly engaging, thoughtful, and really fun experience that I couldn’t have imagined ever having due to the rarity of these older bottles, and also to my relative naivety with collecting and aging spirits.

Armagnac is the rough and tumble cousin of the more industrial and famous brandy-producing region of Cognac further north. We have long been enthusiastic proponents of this often overshadowed spirit, but we have never before been able to offer bottlings with significant age. These bottles (some quite old and some a bit more recent) offer a way to learn how these spirits evolve, and are also a unique way to taste through history, if you will. Without further ado, we are happy to offer the selection below. Tim Gagnon

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Ravignan 1985 (Bottled 2015) Bas-Armagnac 30 years old

This is the “new” release from one of our favorite estates in Bas-Armagnac. Ravignan spares no expense in creating France’s premier brandy. French oak barrels are air-dried for a full seven years before being filled with a spirit distilled to the very low 50% alcohol. After almost 30 years the spirit reduces in strength to about 42 percent, but gains in complexity and develops a beautiful flavor of roasted hazelnuts, wood smoke and a touch of prune. Perfect for 1985 birth years! John Rankin

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