Samalens 8 year old Armagnac

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Founded in 1882, the Maison Salamens is located in Gascony, in the heart...

of a region whose rich tradition and know-how go back 700 years. The wines selected come from Bas-Armagnac, and the greater majority from Grand Bas-Armagnac, where the noblest Armagnac is produced. The distillery is the largest in the region, with eight stills, the oldest dating from the 19th century. The estate's stock of hundred-year old brandies is one of the largest in the world.

Vineyards

Samalens Armagnacs originate in vineyards located exclusively in Bas Armagnac, from the Grand Bas Armagnac area, on the border between the Gers and Landes regions. Close to the Atlantic Ocean and on the foothills of the Pyrenees Mountains south of Bordeaux, the warmth, sun and humidity provide excellent growing conditions. The topsoil, composed of Boulbène, an alluvial sandy deposit left by the sea, adds delicacy and complexity to the Armagnacs. Altogether, there are 15,000 hectares of vineyards with ten different authorised varietals on the Armagnac Appellation.

Vinification

The production combines double distillation, a very rare process in France, with continuous distillation. During distillation, small lees are reintroduced in order to give the Armagnac an abundance of floral aromas. With no addition of sugar or liqueur, the Single contains only the residual sugar left naturally by the grapes. Carefully-selected oak casks from local forests in Gascony are used for the ageing process: firstly new ones, then older casks for refinement. The Maître de Chai combines the best brandies to produce a product typical of the age category. Finally, the alcohol level of the Armagnac is reduced by the addition of "petites eaux" (a mix of distilled water and Armagnac to dilute it to the necessary bottling strength). The final product is very lightly filtered. The entire production process, unique in the spirits trade, makes it possible to obtain maximum finesse and complexity with bouquets of incomparable richness.

Tasting Notes

A brilliant pale yellow. Delicate on the nose with a woody, vanilla character and a hint of port or sherry. Notes of rose petals, dried fruits and hazelnut, almond and walnut. Supple and velvety on the palate with an intense floral aroma and a touch of spice and liquorice. A long, lingering finish.