Janneau 1984 Vintage Armagnac 43%


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Janneau 1984 Vintage Armagnac is a single vintage Armagnac. It will make a perfect 40th birthday gift for any one born in 1984 and celebrating in 2024, or perhaps celebrating a 50th wedding anniversary.

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.

Janneau 1984 Vintage Armagnac is made from grapes originating from clay and calcareous soils in the Tenarèze region. Janneau vintage 1984 is the result of the single distillation of wine made from the Ugni Blanc grape variety.

Presented in a branded wooden gift box with metal clasp.

Also in 1984

January 9th – Van Halen releases their sixth studio album 1984.

February 7th – Astronauts Bruce McCandless II and Robert L. Stewart make the first untethered space walk.

April 19th – Advance Australia Fair is proclaimed as Australia’s national anthem, and green and gold as the national colours.

Tasting Notes

Appearance: Bright and clear with copper highlights.

Nose: Aromas of licorice on the nose.

Palate: Straight forward entry with great balance, round. Its youth is not obvious. Licorice on the finish too.

To Serve

Janneau 1984Vintage 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 good cigar, like the Partagas Serie D No 4.


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