The oldest brandy in France – dating from the monasteries in the 15th century, and easily the most misunderstood. Castarède has the distinction of being the oldest Armagnac house in existence founded in 1832. Castarède has a number of expressions available both in France and the United States including a number of vintage years- something you don’t see much of in their sister spirit cognac. There are some similarities and many differences in Armagnac from its northern Cognac.
Apricots, persimmons, vanilla, caramel, and oily nuts and some oak. A sweet, almost sherry or jam-like smell to it. Very distinctive, somewhat heavy nose to it.
Very light almost ethereal body, intense oak, tobacco and char entry with dark fruits, leather-saddle soap, notes of vanilla, citrus, and a long drying, oaky, almost walnut-like, and pleasantly astringent woody/peppery finish . More complexity and wider palate of flavors than one would encounter with a cognac of similar age.