In 1932, Raymond Castarède took over the family company. His wife, then his son, Jean Castarède, have continued to celebrate this french brandy. Today, it is Jean Castarède’s daughter, Florence Castarède who runs the company. She loves to travel the world and share her family's extraordinary heritage. She is the 6th generation of the Castarède family to run this business.
By law VSOP Armagnac must have spent at least 4 years in oak. However the Castarède VSOP has spent at least 8 years ageing in oak casks. This Armagnac is 100% Folle Blanche from the Castarède estate vineyard, located in Bas-Armagnac. This grape variety produces fine and often floral eau-de-vie with great elegance.
It has a warm amber colour and you can see the legs clinging to the glass that are indicative of its long barrel ageing. There is a fruity and pleasant nose, with aromas of light pepper, coconut and walnuts as well as a honey and glazed plum finish. The palate is subtle and balanced. The flavours confirm the characteristics brought forward by the aromas.
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 14th century were found in the region. Armagnac officially celebrated 700 years of history in 2010.
The main varieties of grapes used for the distilling wines at Janneau are Ugni Blanc, Folle Blanche, Colombard, and Baco. All are white grape varieties. Only unfiltered, natural white wines, obtained through traditional vinification methods without racking-off so that the wines still contain their lees, are used to make 'Armagnac’.
This is a 5 year old Armagnac with a light body and a fruit driven flavour. It is a superb when used as a digestif with notes of apricot and oak on the palate. It is particularly well suited to being included in a cocktail. This 5 Year Old represents a soft style, which is intense and fruity. There are strong aromas of vanilla and plums with a pleasant subtle taste of burned barrels due to the ageing in new Limousin oak casks. It is surprisingly smooth.