Armagnac, Chenin Blanc

Although Armagnac is the oldest brandy distilled in France it has taken a back row seat to its more famous cousin Cognac. Not to be confused with Cognac (to the North of Bordeaux,) Armagnac lies between the Adour and Garonne rivers in the foothills of the Pyrenees.

Armagnac was never produced in the same vast quantities that Cognac has been produced and as such, was and continues to be produced by mainly smaller, family-owned producers rather than the ‘big players’ in Cognac.

There are ten different grape varieties used in the production of Armagnac, but four grape varieties in particular provide the backbone for the majority of Armagnacs. Always blended, the four main grape varieties are Baco 22A, Colombard, Folle Blanche and Ugni Blanc.

United Cellars import a wide range of Armagnacs from key producers such as Delord, Castarede, Comte de Lamaestre, Maison Gélas and many more!
Chenin Blanc is an important white grape variety planted in the Anjou-Saumur and Touraine regions of the Loire Valley. In Australia, it is popular in Western Australia especially within the Swan Valley and Peel regions near Perth. Where they produce beautiful floral, tropical aromas, that are designed to drink young and fresh.

Its home in France is the Loire, where outstanding dry, sweet and sparkling wines are produced. The famous wines of Vouvray, Savenniéres, Samour and Coteaux du Layon are all made from Chenin Blanc. The best Loire Chenin Blancs have concentrated rich, honeyed fruit, together with refreshingly vibrant acidity.

Called Steen in South Africa, it is the most widely planted variety. The best examples come from Stellenbosch where it can also be oak aged to create a full-bodied style. The best producers keep their yields down, producing impressive wines. Chenin Blanc is also used as a cheap blending option with Chardonnay, Colombard, and Muscat.
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  1. Monmousseau Brut Etoile Nv
    "A great value for a summer party" - Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast Magazine 70% Chenin blanc, 30% Chardonnay. Aged for 18 months on lees, this method traditional sparkling shows excellent finesse of mousse and purity of fruit with pear, almond and fig notes. ... Learn More
  2. Coriole Chenin Blanc 2020
    It is a classic, traditional Coriole Chenin with a delicate filigree of autumnal fruits and spring florals. The nose displays red apple and pear, crisp white peach, honeysuckle, jasmine and quince flower and a hint of Leatherwood honey. A pleasant ... Learn More
  3. Blind Corner Chenin Blanc 2020
    Blind Corner are the first to have their entire winery and bottling line completely certified Organic & Biodynmaic. Hailed by Stellar Magazine's Mike Bennie as "legendary juice", this Chenin Blanc delivers a soft-tasting wine with a hint of citrus to bring ... Learn More
  4. Blind Corner Chenin Blanc 2019
    Blind Corner are the first to have their entire winery, band bottling line completely certified Organic & Biodynmaic. Hailed by Stellar Magazine's Mike Bennie as "legendary juice", this Chenin Blanc delivers a soft-tasting wine with a hint of citrus to bring ... Learn More
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  5. South by Southwest Chenin Blanc 2020
    South by South West was created by Mijan Patterson and Livia Maiorana. A small-batch artisan winemaker based in the Margaret River wine region of Western Australia. In a glass the wine presents with a vibrant straw tinged yellow. This is ... Learn More
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  6. Marc Bredif Vouvray Classic 2020
    A brilliant pale gold colour. A fine bouquet full of the aromas of white flowers and yellow fruit (Pear William). One finds citrus notes on breathing (grapefruit). The attack is gentle with a lovely vivacity where one finds agreeable notes ... Learn More
  7. Cederberg Chenin Blanc 2020
    This is a bargain option to test-drive the famous South African style of Chenin Blanc. From a cool site found at the foot of Sneeuberg Mountain, one of the highest peaks in the Western Cape, this Chenin is picked in ... Learn More
  8. Bella Ridge Demi-Sec Chenin Blanc 2012
    Bella Ridge Estate is a family owned and operated vineyard and boutique winery. Producing innovative and distinctive wines, the 25 acre property owned by Alon and Jodi Arbel is located on the foothills of the Darling Ranges in Western Australia’s ... Learn More
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  9. Bella Ridge Trebbiano Blanc 2014
    Bella Ridge Estate is a family owned and operated vineyard and boutique winery. Producing two wine ranges, Bella Ridge Estate and the premium Belle Mere and Beau Pere reserve wines - Bella Ridge is proud to be pushing the boundaries, ... Learn More
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  10. Marc Bredif Vouvray Classic 2019
    A brilliant pale gold colour. A fine bouquet full of the aromas of white flowers and yellow fruit (Pear William). One finds citrus notes on breathing (grapefruit). The attack is gentle with a lovely vivacity where one finds agreeable notes ... Learn More
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  11. Marc Bredif Vouvray Classic 2018
    A brilliant pale gold colour. A fine bouquet full of the aromas of white flowers and yellow fruit (Pear William). One finds citrus notes on breathing (grapefruit). The attack is gentle with a lovely vivacity where one finds agreeable notes ... Learn More
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  12. AA Badenhorst Secateurs Chenin Blanc 2020
    Just in from South Africa, wines from Adi Badenhorst. The Badenhorst family farm, Kalmoesfontein, is located on the Paardeberg in the Swartland, about 40 minutes drive north of Cape Town. Adi and a few other producers ran the Swartland Revolution. This ... Learn More
  13. Corymbia Chenin Blanc 2020
    Rob and his father, former Australian Test Cricketer Tony “Rocket” Mann, planted the Chenin Blanc vines together on their family property more than 25 years ago. The grapes were harvested by hand and whole bunch-pressed prior to natural fermentation. A portion ... Learn More
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  14. Gilbert Chardonnay 2018
    Hand Picked Chardonnay fruit selected from our 35 year old Estate vines. The first vines planted on our property in 1985! Aromas of succulent melon and citrus, which would make you drink more. This wine has pristine flavours of melon and citrus. ... Learn More
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  15. South by Southwest Arancia (Orange wine) 2020
    Talented duo Mij and Liv have created South by South West, a ‘meandering negociant’ in Margaret River. Their simple recipe of great fruit and minimal intervention produces exciting and charming results. In a glass this wine is pale orange, with ... Learn More
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  16. Aphelion Pir Chenin Blanc 2020
    Rob works his magic on the pristine fruit from exquisite 50 year old Blewitt Springs vines. Pir Chenin Blanc 2020 shows unctuous texture, complex layered flavours and supreme food friendliness thanks to Rob's restrained, clever winemaking. White peach, red apple and flint ... Learn More
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  17. Domaine Pichot Vouvray Demi Sec 'Clos Berger' 2018
    The Pichot family is one of the oldest in Vouvray with origins as restaurateurs going back to 1739 later followed by the purchase of the superb Coteau de la Biche vineyards in 1770 establishing them as growers to help supply the restaurant. ... Learn More
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  18. Bella Ridge Chenin Blanc 2011
    A vibrant, creamy, delicious white, complex and layered, intense and so drinkable. Charming. - Mike Bennie Bella Ridge Estate is a family owned and operated vineyard and boutique winery. Producing two wine ranges, Bella Ridge Estate and the premium Belle ... Learn More
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  19. Delord Xo - 10 Years Bas Armagnac (200Ml)
    Bas Armagnac Delord XO is aged for a minimum of 6 years and has a gorgeous burnished/tawny/bronze colour. ... Learn More
  20. Domaine Huet Vouvray Demi-Sec Le Haut Lieu 2016 375ml bottle
    Widely considered to be the single greatest Vouvray domaine and one of the foremost white wine producers in the world today, Domaine Huet should require little introduction. Domaine Huet was founded in 1928 by Victor Huet, however, it was his son, ... Learn More
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  21. Cullen Pet Nat New Moon Organic Chenin Blanc 2018
    2018 was one of the great vintages for Wilyabrup and Cullen Wines. The fruit for this wine was picked on a new moon in early February 2018. It is a “pétillant naturel” based on the méthode ancestrale, with the wine ... Learn More
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  22. Castagna Chenin Blanc 2018
    Hints of Chamomile tea develop into freshly picked honeysuckle with baked brioche notes. Apricot kernels surrounded by flavours of pink grapefruit and lemon pith. Australian lemon myrtle expressions layer upon grounding flavours like crystallised ginger and poached quince. This wine ... Learn More
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  23. Las Vino 'The Cbdb' Margaret River Chenin Blanc 2019
    Dynamic blend? This year’s release stays on the theme of the 2018. 100% Chenin Blanc. 100% sourced from one of the very few Biodynamically farmed vineyards in Margaret River hence the ‘Dynamic’ name. “FRESH” is the emphasis from Nic on this vintage ... Learn More
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  24. Domaine Huet Vouvray Petillant 2014
    Only the best grower Champagnes produce sparkling wines with the kind of interest, sense of place and attention to detail offered by this wine. Bottled at a low pressure of 2.5 atmospheres, (most Champagnes are between five and six), this wine ... Learn More
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  25. Domaine Belargus Anjou Noir 2020
    A regional cuvée that provides the gateway to the Belargus universe. This wine exhibits alluring aromas of dried leaves and citrus. The palate is seductively built with flavours of savoury spices, dried leaves, and tart citrus. ... Learn More
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  26. Domaine Belargus Anjou Noir 2019
    A regional cuvée that provides the gateway to the Belargus universe. This wine exhibits alluring aromas of dried leaves and citrus. The palate is seductively built with flavours of savoury spices, dried leaves, and tart citrus. ... Learn More
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  27. Domaine Huet Vouvray Demi-Sec Le Haut Lieu 2016
    Widely considered to be the single greatest Vouvray domaine and one of the foremost white wine producers in the world today, Domaine Huet should require little introduction. Domaine Huet was founded in 1928 by Victor Huet, however, it was his son, ... Learn More
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  28. Online Tasting Pack - South African Wine Tasting Thursday 7th October 6:30pm aedt

    While South Africa is considered a new world wine region, it's by no means a newcomer with grapes first planted in 1655. Today, South African wines straddle old world and new world styles and in this session, we're going to ... Learn More

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  29. Domaine Belargus Coteau du Layon 2018
    This cuvée results from a blend of the Domaine's plots bordering the Layon. The aromas are characterised by balance and great freshness, carried by notes of fresh apricots and citrus. The palate, suave and enveloping, is supported by a ... Learn More
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  30. Domaine Belargus Anjou “Ronceray” 2018 (from Quarts-de-Chaume)
    This cuvée comes from a blend of all the plots of the Domaine on the Quarts-de-Chaume rump. Its name refers to the abbey of the same name, owner of the Chaume vineyards since the 11th century. Chenin blanc at ... Learn More
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  31. Domaine Huet 'Le Clos Du Bourg' Demi Sec Vouvray 2016
    Le Mont provides the perfect middle ground between Le Haut-Lieu and Clos du Bourg in this vintage. A complex nose with scents of pineapple, soil tones, honeycomb, and a touch of tangerine. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied ... Learn More
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    Jancis Robinson MW
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  32. Chateau Tariquet 100% Folle Blanche - 5 Years Bas Armagnac
    A remarkably lingering Armagnac, eloquent proof that a four-year-old brandy can already be very good. ... Learn More
  33. Domaine Belargus Savennières “Gaudrets” 2018
    Coming from a set of plots located high up in the village of Savennières, on a plateau of aeolian sands and deep black schists, the “Gaudrets” cuvée embodies the typical profile of Savennières wines. This cuvée ... Learn More
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  34. Domaine Huet 'Le Clos Du Bourg' Demi Sec Vouvray 2017
    Le Mont provides the perfect middle ground between Le Haut-Lieu and Clos du Bourg in this vintage. A complex nose with scents of pineapple, soil tones, honeycomb, and a touch of tangerine. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied ... Learn More
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  35. Chateau Tariquet 100% Folle Blanche - 8 Years Bas Armagnac
    The delicate finale emphasises the recent marriage of the fruit and the woody structure. A remarkably lingering Armagnac, eloquent proof that an eight year old brandy can already be very good ... Learn More
  36. Castarede Napoleon - 15 Years Bas Armagnac
    The appellation Napoleon is a blend of Armagnac of at least 5 years old. Our Napoleon is a blend of Armagnacs which are around 15 years old. Gives ripe prune aromas and dry fruits. Is very smooth with some rancio notes. ... Learn More
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  37. ONLINE TASTING PACK - LOIRE VALLEY DEEP DIVE THURSDAY 13TH MAY 6:30PM AEST

    Loire Valley, an important wine region in France but we don't see enough of it here in Australia. We believe these wines suit our climate and lifestyle exceptionally well and so we're going to explore this region and the ... Learn More

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  38. Marc Bredif Vouvray 'Grande Annee' 1989
    With its majestic cellars in the heart of the Touraine, Marc Brédif has been one of the most famous Vouvray and Chinon houses since 1893. When Baron de Ladoucette took over the house in 1980, he breathed new life into the ... Learn More
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  39. Delord 1996 Bas Armagnac
    Grape Variety : Ugni blanc, Folle Blanche , Colombard, Baco 22 A ... Learn More
  40. Delord 1985 Bas Armagnac
    Serving circumstance: After meal drinkServing temperature : Room TemperatureReady to drink ... Learn More
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