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The ARMAGNACS

​In the opinion of experts the cellars of the Domaine d'Espérance combine all the ideal conditions for an exceptional maturing of its spirits.

> AOC Bas Armagnac for the ARMAGNAC:  

  • The «5 year old » (VSOP), blend of 4 or 5 armagnacs which have aged in oak casks for more than 5 years.

  • The «10 year old » (XO), blend of 4 or 5 armagnacs which have aged in oak casks for more than  10 years.

  • The « 20 year old », blend of 4 or 5 armagnacs which have aged in oak casks for more than 20 years

  • A range of single vintage armagnacs aging in our cellars 1990 - 1992 - 1993 - 1994 - 1998 -1999 - 2001- 2002 - 2003 - 2004 - 2005

  • The Treasures of d’Artagnan : Old vintages collection : older vintages discovered at neighbours.

AOC Blanche Armagnac

  • White armagnac with no oak

Blend Details 

AOC Bas Armagnac

The "5 year old" (VSOP) - Bas armagnac AOC

Blend of different vintages of armagnac which have aged in oak casks for more than 5 years.

Blend of 3, 4 or 5 different complementary vintages. This blend is easy to drink and reveals fruity aromas, backed up by oak flavours.

Grape-variety : Baco 22 A and Folle-Blanche

Vinification: Traditionnal and natural vinification. The wine is very low in alcool and is distilled quickly after the end of fermentation.

Distillation: With a continuous traditional still, at a low degree (52/54%). To retain most of the wines’ flavours.

Aging: Blend of armagnacs which have aged for a minimum of 5 years in new casks at first and then in older ones. The casks are made out of Gascon pedonculated oak (410/430 liters)

Alcool: 40%vol 

Tasting:
As an apéritif: To sip with ice or fizzy water, another way of tasting young armagnacs. Also in blends for cocktails in association with mandarin, lemon, hibiscus juice …etc

After a meal: To sip slowly, warming up your glass in your hand to sniff the aromas of this beautiful young fiery spirit.

 

The "10 year old" (XO) - Bas armagnac AOC

Blend of at least 4 different vintages, the youngest of which has aged at least 10 years in barrels made of Gascon pedunculated oak. It has a beautiful copper colour, a wide range of aromas (prune, orange, vanilla) and a big complexity in mouth.

Grape- varieties: Baco 22 A and Folle-Blanche

Vinification: Traditional and natural vinification. The wine is very low in alcool and is distilled quickly after the end of fermentation.

Distillation: With a continuous traditional still, at a low degree (52/54%). To retain most of the primary wines flavours. 

Aging: Blend of vintages which have aged at first in new Gascon oak casks and then in older ones for at least 10 years.  The casks are locally made in pedonculated Gascon oak. Their capacity is between 410 and 430 liters 

Alcool: 40%vol 

Tasting:
After a meal : 
drink slowly while warming up your glass in your hand, so you can appreciate all the aromas of this superb spirit. Slowly one gets a wide range of aromas with powerful pastry notes and a high fineness.

The "20 year old"- Bas armagnac AOC

Blend of at least 4 vintages, the youngest of which has aged at least 20 years in barrels of Gascon pedonculated oak.

It possesses a beautiful copper colour, a wide range of aromas (prune, orange, vanilla) and a big complexity in mouth

Grape variety: Baco 22 A  

Vinification: Traditional and natural vinification. The wine is very low in alcool and is distilled quickly after the end of fermentation.

Distillation: With a continuous traditional still, at a low degree (52/54%). To retain most of the primary wines flavours. 

Aging: Blend of vintages which have aged at first in new Gascon oak casks and then in older ones for at least 20 years.  The casks are locally made in pedonculated Gascon oak. Their capacity is between 410 and 430 liters.

Alcool: 43%vol 

Tasting:
After a meal : 
drink slowly while warming up your glass in your hand, so you can appreciate all the aromas of this superb spirit.  A wide range of aromas with powerful pastry notes and of a big fineness will slowly come out. The “rancio” appears at the end of mouth.

Vintages "Millésimes d'Espérance" : 1990 - 1991 -1992 -1993 - 1994 - 1995 - 1997 - 1998 - 1999 - 2001- 2002 -2003 - 2004 - 2005

Each vintage has its own personality, its own style. Usually dry fruits or oranges or prunes.

The same for its strenght, its complexity, its lightness….each vintage is different.

Grape varieties:  Either Baco 22 A, or Folle blanche.

Vinification: Traditional and natural vinification. The wine is very low in alcool and is distilled quickly after the end of fermentation.

Distillation: With a continuous traditional still, at a low degree (52/54%), to retain most of the wines’ flavours. Each grape-variety is distilled separately.

Aging

The brandy is poured at first into a new barrel, then into an older one.  It can become a vintage after 10 years of aging in casks. The casks (410-430 liters) are made out of Gascon pedonculated oak. The year of vintage corresponds to the year of distillation; the date of the bottling is mentioned on the back label. Armagnac will not age anymore in bottles.

At Domaine d’Espérance, we choose only the exceptional casks to sell them under their vintage year and with the number of the barrel on the back-label. They will be at their natural strength (angels’ share), no sweetener or small waters will be added.

Alcool: from 43% to 49% depending on the vintage. 

Tasting:

After a meal: drink slowly, warming up your glass in your hand to sniff and appreciate slowly all the aromas.

The " Trésors of d'Artagnan"

For older vintage amateurs, Domaine d'Espérance offers the Treasures of d'Artagnan’s collection. Each time Claire de Montesquiou finds in Gascony an interesting old armagnac, she adds it to the Treasures of d’Artagnan.

For this collection, Claire de Montesquiou, helped by the oenologist of the domain, selected old spirits in Bas- Armagnac. These rare Armagnacs express all the quintessence of the appellation.

Alcool: from 40% to 48% depending of the vintage. 

Tasting:

After a meal: drink slowly while warming up your glass in your hand, so you can appreciate all the aromas of these superb old spirits.

Blanche Armagnac

The Blanche d’Espérance won the Silver Medal in Paris in 2009.

 

The Blanche Armagnac is a new AOC: it is an armagnac just distilled which has not been poured in oak barrels. At Domaine d’Espérance, it is a blend of Folle Blanche and Baco.

It is distilled at a stronger proof and then put down to 43 %.

We drink it as a fruit eau de vie  (such as the Alsacian ones ) or chilled like a vodka.

It matches wonderfully smoked salmons, eels.

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The Domaine d'Espérance gets 3 medals (1 Gold, 2 Silver)
at "Concours Général Agricole 2020" - Agriculture show Paris

Among a total of 1589 products awarded the "Concours Général de Paris 2020" (at the Salon de l'agriculture 2020)
486 received a gold medal and 693 a silver medal

For 150 years, the "Concours Général Agricole" has been highlighting the best of French agriculture and agri-food know-how. Without an equivalent known abroad, it holds a unique place in the world of agri-food competitions and brings together committed and passionate producers.

The Domain Espérance is honoured and proud to have been selected.

Hoping that these prizes will make you want to discover our armagnacs!

Global Rankings

Domaine d’Espérance

XO Bas-Armagnac (France; PM Spirits, Brooklyn, NY); $94, 98 points.

ranked N°1 by winemag.com

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Article : Why You Need to Give Armagnac a Chance by Kara Newman

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