This Armagnac distilled in 1972 has a very aromatic nose with hints of vanilla and spice. On the palate it is wonderfully well balanced with a light shade of vanilla and fine elegant fruit.
Incredibly, 2010 marked the 700th anniversary of the first written record of Armagnac. In his Forty Virtues, Prior Dufour wrote of the spirit: It makes redness disappear, and heat in the eyes, it stops tears from running, it heals hepatitis if one drinks it soberly, if one anoints the head, it removes headaches, and so on. Actually it pretty much cured everything in 1310.
Founded in 1832, the house of Castarde is not as old as the spirit it sells, but is nevertheless the most venerable Armagnac merchant, and still in family hands.
The house style is extremely mellow because of the extra ageing in oak. The VSOP has at least ten years in barrel and the XO has 20. Complexity is taken to yet another level in the vinta ge releases, which regularly win top competition prizes. Bottling dates for the vintages are shown on the back label to give a true indication of the wood character.
Wine informationGrape varieties
: 30% Colombard
20% Folle Blanche
50% Ugni Blanc