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Armagnac, "supplément d'âme" of the south-west

For over 700 years, in the heart of the Gascony region of the South West of France, winemakers have been distilling white wine to create one of the most prized French eaux de vies: Armagnac.
Fiery and pure, this precious liquid acquires its fullness and perfection from long years of maturing undisturbed in cellars deep in the heart of this peaceful region.
At Lionel Osmin & Co, our ambition is to reveal the wealth of grape varieties and terroirs of the South West and Armagnac represents the "soul supplement" of this unique French winemaking region.

 

Our privileged relationships with the best distillers have enabled us to seek out rare eaux de vies, matured in casks over many years.
The selection has been inspired by the desire to appeal to the heart and give pleasure, resulting in our limited range of 5 Armagnacs aged from 12 to 39 years. They are Armagnacs of the purest possible style, only slightly or not at all concentrated, with ageing accelerators avoided as much as possible so as to allow the intrinsic character of this rustic and authentic eau de vie to be expressed to the full.

 

 

The youngest Armagnacs should be enjoyed at a temperature of 14-15°C, with a chocolate or dried fruits-based dessert, the oldest being best consumed with a great Cuban cigar (or even better a "NAVARRE" cigar from the Béarn region) at room temperature and in a large crystal glass to allow the complex aromas to fully develop.

VSOP NAPOLEON, 5 YEARS OF AGE, 42 %

Bottling n°1, June 2013: 2655 bottles

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Light amber colour with golden reflections, the sign of a retouch of the minimal colour.
Very expressive and original nose. Its aromas of fresh fruit (plum), milky toffee and of white flowers (camomile, lime) indicate the youth of this eau-de-vie.
The attack in the mouth is lively but progressively reveals both roundness and length with the same aromas as the nose. We will enjoy the balance of this young Armagnac, both fiery and soft where the alcohol has already been well blended.
A good starter for Armagnac-tasting!
Available in bottle or in carafe, with a black and gold cardboard gift box.

 

1996, 16 YEARS OF AGE, 42 %

Bottling n°1, June 2013: 463 bottles

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Beautiful, deep amber colour.
The nose of this 1996 vintage is elegant and complex, with notes of chocolate, blond leather and spices. The attack is very rich with a lot of body and dimension.
The small presence of alcohol dramatically increases the aromatic intensity. We find the same aromas as on the nose with additional notes of tobacco and slight woodiness. The final length perfectly illustrates the authenticity of armagnacs made from the baco grape, known for their strong and firm character.
A tasting moment as rare as the number of bottles!
Available in bottle or in carafe, with a black and gold cardboard gift box.

   

XO HORS D’AGE, 12 YEARS OF AGE, 45 %

Bottling n°1, May 2015: 1327 bottles

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Dark amber colour, the sign of a long fermentation in barrels.
A distinguished and expressive nose where elegantly mix aromas of leather, orange peel, sweet spices, and vanilla and woody, toasty notes.
The mouth is instantly rich and complex, with a lot of body and intensity. The alcohol, although present, is perfectly integrated and bears aromas of orange peel, plum, coco and leather. A superb eau-de-vie, with a great length, lots of personality and balance.
A most excellent tasting moment!
Available in bottle or in carafe, with a black and gold cardboard gift box.

 

1986, 26 ANS OF AGE, 46%

Bottling n°1, June 2013: 388 bottles

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Deep and sustained amber colour.
On the first nose, this eau-de-vie shows a great complexity: bee wax, honey, sweet spices, a touch of toffee and pralines...
The mouth does not disappoint, with an ample and soft attack where alcohol and body balance one another. We find again aromas of honey and spices and additional notes of fresh nuts, a hint of wood and a touch of maderisation, testifying to 26 years maturing in barrels.
A superb eau-de-vie that has got much to offer!
Available in bottle or in carafe with a black and gold cardboard gift box.

   

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