Maison Janneau is one of the oldest of the Great Armagnac Houses and the most awarded Armagnac in the world!
A rather special Armagnac - bottled in the 1980's and, as a VSOP, the liquid inside would have been at least 5 years old at bottling.
Aromas of plums with strong notes of vanilla. Well structured taste, very soft, with vanilla and liquorice. Good persistence and finish of dry prunes. An elegant Armagnac, soft and subtle, representative of the Janneau style.
It is a blend (assemblage) of Armagnac aged for a minimum of 7 to 14 years (the average is of only 4 years as it is the minimum required by law to be called VSOP). The white wines come from the two regions of appellation contrôlée : Bas Armagnac and Tenarèze and are distilled using both the double distillation method (80%) and the single distillation (20%). The ‘eaux-de-vie’ are then aged separately mostly in Limousin oak casks and are blended together before bottling.
History of French Brandies
Armagnac is one of three “Appellation contrôlée” French brandies. The other two are Cognac and Calvados.
Armagnac is the oldest one, and the most ancient spirit in France and probably in the world. Indeed, traces of distilleries going back to the XIV century were found in the region. Armagnac officially celebrated 700 years of history in 2010 with many celebrations around the world.
The distillation is carried out in Winter and by law must be completed by 31st March following the harvest. There are two very different distillation methods consented by law for the distillation of Armagnac.
The freshly distilled, transparent and crystalline spirit is immediately aged in 450-litre casks, made of oak from the nearby forests of Limousin and Monlezun. Each cask has different characteristics and depending on the type of oak used, provides the liquid with its various tannin hues and woody aromas. It takes a few more years before the spirit acquires its typical amber colour and subtle tannin flavours.
The ageing is carried out in the ancient cellars, built in 1851, where approximately 10% of the entire aged Armagnac stock of the region, rests and ages in complete silence.
Maison Janneau is one of the oldest of the great Armagnac houses. Founded by Pierre Etienne Janneau, in the far off days of 1851 at Condom in Armagnac, four generations of the Janneau family have followed, passing down the secret of Grand Armagnac from father to son. In the early ’70s Cognac Martell purchased he family property and important investments in a new distillery and aging cellars expanded the Maison to the dimensions we know today. Janneau is home to one of the most important production plants and storage facilities of the Armagnac region.
Armagnac was born in Gascony, a region in South-Western France, at the footstep of the Pyrenees mountains, between the Atlantic and the Mediterranean coasts, a gentle hilly landscape cultivated with vines since the ancient Romans times and dotted with beautiful medieval villages.
Here, in the heart of the appellation Armagnac, is where the ancient city of Condom is situated, and where Janneau carries out all of its Grand Armagnac production. The geographical area of appellation encompasses the region of Gers, Landes and Lot-et Garonne.
In 1909, President Fallières delimited the AOC region of Armagnac and divided it into three distinct regions according to the variety of their soils: Bas Armagnac, Ténarèze and Haut Armagnac.
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. If you have any queries, please just drop us an email or give us a call!
|Year||Bottled in the 1980's and, as a VSOP, the liquid inside would have been at least 5 years old at bottling.|
|Cultivar||Ugni Blanc, Folle Blanche, Colombard, Baco|
40% alc vol
|Units of Alcohol per serving||1 unit per 25ml serving|
|Allergen Information||Does not contains sulphites|
|Origin||South Western France|