The Collector's Armagnac or "Armagnac du Collectionneur" refers to a single barrel Armagnac and represents the most perfect specimens when it comes to these eaux-de-vie.
Ryst-Dupeyron has a fantastic collection of vintage Armagnac and the oldest dates all the way back to 1850. The Armagnac will no doubt remind you of dried fruits like apricots, prunes, and figs, and you may also detect butterscotch, licorice, and flowers.
From a simple distiller to a producer of Grand Cru ...
Joseph Dupeyron, a distiller based in the heart of Gascony, founded the family business RYST-DUPEYRON in 1905, in order to conserve his refined elixirs. Passing down his savoir-faire through the five family generations, today his great-grandchildren conserve his passion, running the family company.
The Hotel de Cugnac and its 'Paradise'
The head office of Ryst-Dupeyron Armagnac is based in Condom, in the “Gers” department in the southwest of France. An 18th Century classic, stone-built impressive building with its 100-year-old cellars only just a few metres away and it’s stone vaulted galleries which house the 400 liter Gascon oak casks where its reputed eaux-de-vie sleeps for the duration of its long ageing. Aromas of prunes and vanilla fill the air in this mysterious maze of different cellars, capturing the senses of each visitor as they discover Armagnac. Let yourself be guided to 'paradise' where the oldest vintages of over 40 years are safeguarded.
Jacques-François Ryst and his cellar master watch over these Armagnacs on a daily basis. Once the cellar master decides that the ageing is sufficient, selections are then made, creating thanks to the different origins and different ages the most harmonious blends of armagnacs. This task is a long one that involves extensive tasting of the different armagnacs.
What is the difference between Armagnac and Cognac?
Armagnac (like cognac) is distilled from white wine grapes, namely the Folle Blanche, Ugni Blanc, and Colombard varieties. After distillation, it's aged in casks made primarily from local Monlezun black oak. The key technical difference between Armagnac and cognac is that the latter is distilled twice, whereas the former is distilled only once. This means more time in the oak for Armagnac; the extra patience required rewards a brandy with more finesse and roundness.
Did you know?
The best way to appreciate the bouquet of an Armagnac is to stick a finger in the glass and then dab the liquid on the back of your hand -- just as you would a perfume sample. Your body heat will cause the alcohol to evaporate, leaving behind only the essential aromas of the Armagnac. After about a minute, smell it up close. The Armagnac will no doubt remind you of dried fruits like apricots, prunes, and figs, and you may also detect butterscotch, licorice, and flowers.
Now take the tiniest sip of the Armagnac -- about a half-teaspoonful. Roll the liquid around your tongue, your cheeks, and your gums. Drinking it this way, you'll see why people love this stuff. As the evening progresses, cradle the glass in your hand to gently warm the Armagnac. As its temperature rises, it will release new aromas and its flavor will change. Keep sipping slowly, contemplating and relaxing!
A collector's item! We believe this wine to be wonderful - however, as with all aged wines, it comes with a 'Buyers be aware' clause, and some labels may not be perfect. If you have any queries, please just drop us an email or give us a call!
||Ugni Blanc, Colombard, Folle Blanche
40% alc vol
|Units of Alcohol per Bottle
||1 unit per 25ml serving
||Does not contain sulphites