Janneau 1973 Vintage Armagnac 43%


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Janneau 1973 Vintage Armagnac is a single vintage Armagnac. It will make a perfect 50th birthday gift for any one born in 1973 and celebrating in 2023. 

Janneau is one of the top Armagnac houses. Not only  is it one of the oldest of the great houses but  it is also the world’s leading brand of Armagnac, available in 80 countries worldwide. The company was founded by Pierre Etienne Janneau in 1851 and it is located in the heart of the Armagnac region in the town of Condom. Janneau Armagnac has been through some ownership changes since then: it was bought by Cognac Martell in the 1974, 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. The company was last sold in 2014 to the French spirit specialist The Spirit France Group. Uniquely, Janneau are the only major house that distils, blends and ages its own stocks under its own roof.  Having access to their own distillery gives Janneau complete control over the quality and personality of their Armagnac.

Janneau’s fame comes partly from its unique mastery of both distillation methods allowed by the appellation decree: continuous distillation with Armagnac alembic and double distillation with Charente pot stills. Only the heart of the distillation, the best part left after the heads and tails are discarded, are used to produce this brandy which gives it great finesse with concentrated, fruity flavours. After distillation the vintage Armagnac is carefully aged in French Limousine oak barrels until it is ready to be bottled.  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.

The wines for the Janneau 1973 Vintage Armagnac originate from the sandy soils, called “tawny sands”, of the Bas Armagnac region. The 1973 is the result of the single distillation of one grape variety only : the Baco grape. It has been aged in oaked barrels from Gascony in Janneau’s two century’s old ancient cellars until its recent bottling.

Presented in a branded wooden gift box with metal clasp.

Also in 1973

11th January – The Open University awards its first degrees.

1st March – Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon is released in the UK. 

5th July – The Isle of Man Post begins to issue its own postage stamps.

Tasting Notes

Color : Amber with green tinges, bright and clear.

Nose : Pleasant suggestions of earthy undergrowth with vanilla notes.

Mouth : A smooth strength and rich mouth feel with flavors of prunes. Long finish with noble tannins.

To Serve

Janneau 1973 Vintage Armagnac is a perfect digestif served after a meal, but it also pairs wonderfully with dark chocolate, nuts, and desserts like crème brûlée or fruit tarts.

A great match for a fuller bodied Cuban Cigar. Try the Partagas Serie D No 4.


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