700 Years of History
France's Oldest Spirit
For over 700 years, “l'aygue ardente” has distinguished itself as one of the world’s most noble eaux-de-vie. Best known under the name Armagnac, this brandy rapidly became identified for having 40 virtues due to research conducted in 1310 by Maître Vital du Four.
Vital Du Four
(Bazas, 1260 -
Vital Du Four, later known as Cardinal du Four, was recognized as a great intellect, accomplished theologian, man of science, whom published a celebrated book about his remarkable discoveries, “To keep your health and stay on top form.” The original texts have been preciously guarded in The Vatican library in Rome since the 14th century. This work bestowed an exceptional destiny for the Armagnac region of France.
“It enlivens the spirit, partaken in moderation, recalls the past to memory, renders men joyous, preserves youth and retards senility. And when retained in the mouth, it loosens the tongue and emboldens the wit, if someone timid from time to time himself permits.”
Cardinal Du Four
Cardinal du Four Armagnac, 21 Rébellion is a harmonious blend of choice vintages aged in 400-liter French oak casks from the forests of Monlezun and Limousin.
The youngest and more vibrant eau-de-vie has been aged for a minimum of 21 years with the oldest Armagnac in the blend dating back from 1976 vintage - 43 years old.
Produced from the highest quality grapes of Ugni Blanc, Baco, Folle Blanche and Colombard that are harvested in the Bas-Armagnac and Ténarèze terroirs.
These fine eaux-de-vie are distilled from a traditional continuous copper still called the “Alambic Armagnacais.”
CARDINAL DU FOUR
With this honorary creation, we pay tribute to the Cardinal as we continue to ensure that the immortal spirit of Armagnac flourishes.