Artiguelongue Armagnac VSOP Artiguelongue Armagnac VSOP Artiguelongue Armagnac VSOP Download PDF

Distillery Eric Artiguelongue
Spirit StyleBrandy
Base Ingredients80% Ugni Blanc / 10% Colombard / 10% Folle Blanche
Fermentationeach grape varietal is fermented separately
Still Typepot-column hybrid
Still Size1,500 L copper strolling "Armagncais" still
DistillerSt. Martin (strolling Alembic)
Distillationsingle distillation
CooperageGascony oak from the "Monelzun Forest"
Maturation5 years
Finishingblend with "petites eaux" (distilled water + 5 years Armagnac @ 25%) once per year / 3 times progressive blend depending on the evolution of the eaux-de-vie
Filtrationplate filtration (filtration sur plaque): gradual reduction of temperature down to -5°; for 1 week, then 1 micron filtration and temperature stabilization at 20° before bottling
% Alcohol40.0%
Productionabout 2500 cases/batch
Item NoLQ1600-NV
Country France
Region Armagnac
Sub-region Bas-Armagnac
Artiguelongue Armagnac VSOP

Previously a Cellar Master at a renowned Armagnac estate (let's just say its name rhymes with Château de Laubade), Eric Artiguelongue struck out on his own in 2005 to create his own line of brandies. With over 30 years of experience maturing and blending Armagnac, Eric is able to offer some of the appellation's greatest undiscovered gems. Purchased in minute quantities from small growers-distillers, the Armagnacs Eric works with are aged in oak barrels until they have reached their optimum quality and then stored in glass to maintain their peak condition. Eric then bottles the Armagnacs himself. In a region often stymied by tradition, Eric's Armagnacs excite in all their un-manipulated glory. There's no use of boise, caramel or sweeteners here.

The VSOP is bright and vibrant, composed of Colombard, Folle Blanche and Ugni Blanc, while the XO and vintage offerings also include Baco. This is limited production Armagnac. Only 90 bottles of each the 1985 and 1974 were imported into the US in 2015.

ARMAGNAC VSOP: This blend, not too much marked by the presence of wood tannins, reveals mainly primary aromas such as prunes, candied orange peel and quince. This blend is still fairly “brut”, nervous but suave and delicate.