At Fareham Wine Cellar, we specialise in Vintage Armagnacs. We mainly supply Armagnacs from Baron de Lustrac and Baron de Sigognac but occasionally we have some from other producers. At the moment we have some of the very good Janneau 1975 Vintage Armagnac – obviously, this is a 40 year old Armagnac in 2015 fantastic 40th birthday present or 40th anniversary gift in 2015.
Checkout the current stock of Janneau Vintage Armagnac here.
Janneau 1975 Vintage Armagnac
Janneau 1975 Vintage Armagnac is made from solely from grapes harvested, vinified and distilled in 1975. Armagnac is produced using the double distillation method at the Janneau distillery located in Condom, Gers in Gascony. Janneau is one of the most prestigious Armagnac houses and was founded by Pierre Etienne Janneau in 1851. Janneau Armagnac has been through some ownership changes since then – it was bought by Cognac Martell in the 1970s, which was eventually bought out by Seagram, before the Giovinetti family bought it in 1993 with the intention of returning the business to a family-run concern.
After distillation the Armagnac is put into 450 litre French Limousine oak barrels oak barrels and left in cellars to quietly age until it is ready to be bottled and released. Quite often these single vintage bottlings will consist of only one single cask. It is the interaction of the spirit and the oak during the aging process which produces a fine and mellow spirit. In barrel, the Armagnac leaches vanillins and tannins from the toasted oak which lend the spirit colour and flavours – without barrel ageing the spirit is just a colourless liquid. The depth of colour and complexity of flavours increase all the time the spirit is aged in cask and the colour becomes darker with age ranging from pale straw to rich amber. As well as becoming darker in colour as Armagnac ages it also becomes softer, smoother and more elegant on the palate whilst aromas and flavours of prunes, violets, fig, honey, butterscotch and rancio develop.
Bottled at 43% abv and is presented in an individual wooden box. Each bottle also displays the date of bottling.