Produced at the property
Distilled for 300 years in the oldest distillery in Gascony, Château du Busca-Maniban armagnacs continue to be produced at the property according to traditional methods. Following continuous distillation, the brandy is aged in oak barrels in the Château cellars. The same family has been producing armagnac here for over two centuries.
The Château is a member of Excellence Gers, a sign of quality.
Armagnac is the oldest brandy in France. Reputed for its therapeutic virtues in the Middle Ages, it enjoyed considerable success in the 16th century and went on to become a truly commercial product.
The Armagnac region in South West France is unique, as it is the only place in the world where Armagnac is produced. It consists of three areas, Haut-Armagnac to the east, Bas-Armagnac to the west and Ténarèze in the centre. The official AOC Armagnac region covers two thirds of the Gers department, as well as some of the Lot-et-Garonne and the Landes. Nowadays, however, actual production takes place mainly in Bas-Armagnac and Ténarèze, in the Gers.
The Busca-Maniban property is located in Ténarèze, which has been a grape-growing region since the Gallo-Roman era. The soil consists of a mixture of clay, limestone and sandy 'boulbènes' (a local word for alluvial soil), producing more full-bodied armagnacs than those of neighbouring Bas-Armagnac, and with a stronger bouquet, typically reminiscent of prunes and spices.
The wine estate covers 200 hectares (almost 500 acres) and has produced armagnac since the mid-17th century. The vines were replanted when the château was rebuilt by its owners, the La Bassa family, also known as the Maniban. Initially, three grape varieties were used, as in the rest of the region: the Colombard, Ugni Blanc and Folle Blanche. Nowadays, Ugni Blanc is the only variety used, as it is considered more 'specific' to armagnac.
The Château has another major attribute: it is the only privately-owned wine estate in the Armagnac region to be classified as a French historical monument.
The VSOP consists of a selection of 4-year-old brandies. A fiery Armagnac with a superb finish that lingers.
The Hors d’Âge 15 ans is a blend of 15-year-old brandies. It has a well-rounded palate, laced with vanilla, leading to candied fruit and spices on the finish.
The Millésimes vintages, a genuine local speciality, are produced using grapes from a single harvest. Each vintage offers a unique expression of the year it was distilled and barrelled.
All about Armagnac
the grape varieties, wine-making, distillation and ageing processes that produce the oldest brandy in France.