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Made with passion using traditional methods in Eauze, capital of armagnac, Marquis de Montesquiou offers an association of eaux de vie with exceptionally rich gustatory qualities, releasing fruity aromas of vanilla, cocoa and honey. With their fine copper colour, these prestige vintages are the perfect embodiment of all the know-how of the local craftsmen of Gascony.

Marquis de Montesquiou XO Impérial

Bouteille Marquis de Montesquiou X0 impérial

An exclusive blend
Produced from the best Ugni-Blanc vineyards, Marquis de Montesquiou Imperial XO has a fine copper colour and persistent roundness on the palate. This generous armagnac, with notes of fruit, cinnamon and vanilla, reveals an aromatic power on drinking that is extremely sought after by connoisseurs

Marquis de Montesquiou 21 Year old "Hors d'âge"

Bouteille Marquis de Montesquiou hors d'âge 21 Year old

A true privilege
An Armagnac of unique quality, Marquis de Montesquiou 21 Year Old "Hors d'âge" is the fruit of a skilful blending of precious eaux de vie, the oldest of which, distilled in 1904, has been in existence for over a century! A mature and balanced vintage par excellence, its personality is an undisputed success with the most demanding tasters: to be kept for very special occasions.

Marquis de Montesquiou 1967 Vintage

Bouteille Marquis de Montesquiou Millésime 1967

The exceptional vintage
Incomparable "cuvées", with flavours of prunes, exotic wood and pink, the Marquis de Montesquiou vintages are produced using the best grape varieties from the Bas-Armagnac region of France. Bottled at their natural degree of reduction, these perfectly balanced amber-coloured armagnacs, both full and generous, are unstinting in revealing their exceptional character.

A Gascon passion

The Montesquious are a very old noble family - their name appears in records from the 11th century.
Its many illustrious members include Count d'Artagnan, musketeer to King Louis XIII and hero of Alexandre Dumas' famous novel "The Three Musketeers". D'Artagnan lived in the château of Castelmore, near Lupiac, in South-West France; the Marquis de Montesquiou family members are his direct descendants
At the crossroads of the history of France and Gascony, the house of Marquis de Montesquiou has been established for many generations in Eauze, capital of armagnac, in the Gers region of France.

The strength of tradition

Marquis de Montesquiou mainly uses brandies produced from Ugni-Blanc, Folle Blanche and Colombard grapes.

Distillation takes place in continuous armagnac stills: these pure copper stills distil the wine in a single pass. On output from the still, the eau de vie is colourless and extremely aromatic, with a very high alcohol content: between 52 and 60°.

The eau de vie is aged in oak casks with a capacity of 400 litres. Over 1,800 barrels are stored in an immense cellar, affectionately known as "the Cathedral". During the ageing phase, the alcohol evaporates at a rate of 2 to 3% per annum: the vapours released in the barrels are poetically known as "the angels' share". Over time, the eau de vie gradually acquires a beautiful amber colour, then dominant mahogany shades. The flavours gradually develop by absorbing the wood tannins, thanks to the phenomenon of oxidation.

Blending is entrusted to the Marquis de Montesquiou cellar master, who selects the different eaux de vie and marries them carefully. To achieve the minimum degree for consumption, he proceeds by gradually adding "petites eaux", a mixture of distilled water and armagnac.

Each "cuvée" therefore becomes a unique association of a variety of cross sections of ages and places of origin.

Every year, Marquis de Montesquiou wins prestigious awards in the Salon Agricole in Paris and the Foire aux Armagnacs in Eauze.

An armagnac full of character, Marquis de Montesquiou is best served at the end of meals, at the same time as the cheeses, or as a digestif. For discovery as an aperitif, XO is the most highly recommended "cru" of the Marquis de Montesquiou
In order to enjoy all the flavours of the armagnac, it is better to choose a narrow glass or tulip shaped glass, for perfect concentration of the aromas

  • Marquis de Montesquiou XO Imperial
    Appearance: A fine amber colour with coppery tints.
    Nose: A rich variety of fruity aromas, with hints of spice (cinnamon) and vanilla.
    Taste: Plenty of body, with fine woody notes and a hint of vanilla. All the notes blend into a harmonious whole, with long persistency in the mouth. A very fine finish

  • Marquis de Montesquiou 21 Year old "Hors d'âge"
    Appearance: A fine brown colour with coppery tints.
    Nose: A distinguished woody flavour, animal and floral aromas, with a slight hint of pear.
    Taste: Good texture in the mouth, without being aggressive. Good balance between a dominant flavour of vanilla and a very definite fruity flavour. Pleasant final bouquet, without bitterness. Long in the mouth.

  • Marquis de Montesquiou 1967 Vintage
    Fine coppery tints, delicate aromas of vanilla and woodland as a result of ageing in the best oak barrels in the region. A very robust, masculine mouth, with notes of plum and leather.

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