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 the minimum age of brandy that can be used in a VSOP Armagnac only has to have a minimum age of 3 years! Clos Martin VSOP 8 year old Armagnac is bottled as an Appellation Bas Armanac Controlee and is made from a blend of spirit made from the Baco and Ugni Blanc grape varieties.
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. Production is overseen by cellar master Jose Barbe. The traditional stills used by Clos Martin’s 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 produced 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.
The Clos Martin VSOP 8 year old Armagnac is bottled at between 8 and 10 years old, but will have some older components to the blend.