Clos Martin VSOP 8 year old Armagnac is a blend of Armagnacs the youngest component of which has been aged for a minimum of 8 years in oak barrels. By law VSOP Armagnac only have to have a minimum age of 5 years! Clos Martin is produced by M&T, near Nogaro, in the heart of the Bas-Armagnac. M&T owns and manages a group of domaines that produce Armagnac in the Landes and Gers departments of France. Pruduction is overseen by cellar master |Jose barbe. The traditional stills used by Clos Martins domaines are very small and allow a lot of the heavy, congener and fusel-rich vapours to pass over with the heart of the distillate. Therefore Clos Martin’s Armagnacs always have a rich, earthy character and are fine, flavoursome and well-balanced. After about 10 years in barrel, the true quality of Armagnac prodcued from a continuous still emerges; it is at this point that all the balance, complexity and roundness one expects from a quality spirit begins to come through. M&T keep different vintage and varietal distillates separate allowing for the possibility of not only vintage-dated Armagnac but also varietal vintage Armagnac. At the Clos Martin chais, Folle Blanche varietal distillates are at the heart of the VSOP and XO. Folle Blanche has excellent levels of acidity and aromatics that are perfect for distillation and this, combined with M&T’s low distillation strength, allows for rich and piquant spirits with great perfume. Clos Martin VSOP 8 year old Armagnac is bottled at between 8 and 10 years old.