Armagnac, armagnac France

Founded in 1882 by Jean Samalens, Samalens is situated in Laujuzan in the heart of the 'Bas Armagnac' region, where the best Armagnacs are produced. They are the biggest producer in Armagnac and have eight stills in their distillery, the oldest of which dates from the 19th century. Samalens' cellars hold one of the most significant and exclusive stocks of Bas-Armagnac in the area. The oldest of their aged reserves dates back to the 1888 vintage.

The wines are sourced exclusively from the best sites in the region, particularly from the small area known as Grand Bas Armagnac. The topsoil is composed of 'boulbène', an alluvial sandy deposit left by the sea, which adds delicacy and complexity to the Armagnacs.

Samalens source the wood for their new barrels from the local forests in Gascony. The wood is carefully aged at the estate for four to five years before turning them into the best possible barrels in which to age their Armagnacs.

We have selected an eight year old Armagnac made from 100% Ugni Blanc and a 1995 Vintage Armagnac. The eight year old 'Single de Samalens' is for early drinking and displays purity and finesse similar to Léopold Gourmel's Cognacs. The 1995 vintage Armagnac, complex and layered, was awarded the top prize 'Prix du Président de la République' at the 53rd Talents de l'Armagnac competition in Eauze, France.


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