Armagnac, Sémillon

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!
Semillon is widely grown in Australia. And like Riesling is one of the very best grapes for demonstrating the different characters emerging from Australia's varied wine regions. There are many different styles produced, however, the Hunter Valley is by far the most famous. Semillon from the Hunter Valley is lean, pale wine with citrus, grapefruit and flintiness in its flavour. With a few years bottle age it turns into a honeyed, nutty, classic wine. The Barossa Valley tends to be the most luscious, often with oak age, it has aromas of peaches and mangoes. Margaret River’s versions are a fine balance between these two styles, and they age well too. It is most often blended with Sauvignon Blanc to produce the regions famous blends.

In France, it is the main grape for Sauternes. Elsewhere in Bordeaux it is the most widely planted white grape and is blended with Sauvignon Blanc to produce the dry whites of Graves. In Bordeaux, where it can be aged in oak, it produces wines that are high in alcohol and extract, but relatively low in aroma and acidity. Its thin skin makes it very susceptible to botrytis which is prerequisite for the making of Sauternes.
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  1. De Iuliis Estate Semillon 2020
    The Hunter Valley is renowned for producing some of the best Semillon in the world. This wine displays fresh, lifted citrus characters, a light palate, and crisp, zesty acids. It’s the perfect match for seafood or any delicately flavoured ... Learn More
  2. Andrew Thomas Six Degrees Semillon 2020
    Hunter Valley semillon is one of the world's most uniquely regional wine styles. This is a very new and exciting style for Hunter Semillon, being made as an ‘off dry’ style. First produced in 2008, the inspiration being my love of ... Learn More
  3. Andrew Thomas Six Degrees Semillon 2019
    Hunter Valley semillon is one of the world's most uniquely regional wine styles. This is a very new and exciting style for Hunter Semillon, being made as an ‘off dry’ style. First produced in 2008, the inspiration being my love of ... Learn More
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  4. Silkman Semillon 2017
    A modern style of Hunter valley Semillon. Abundant in flavours while still delivering a wine that is poised and long. Fragrant, lifted and minerally with lemongrass, lemon zest and fresh hay. Light, dry and intense with lemony fruit depth and ... Learn More
  5. Andrew Thomas 'Braemore' Semillon 2019
    Classicly paired with freshly shucked oysters and sashimi - The nose is greeted with intense lime zest fruit characters which follow through to the palate with its delightful, vibrant fruit purity.The mouth watering acidity provides impeccable balance and precision ... Learn More
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  6. Andrew Thomas 'Braemore' Semillon 2018
    Classicly paired with freshly shucked oysters and sashimi - The nose is greeted with intense lime zest fruit characters which follow through to the palate with its delightful, vibrant fruit purity.The mouth watering acidity provides impeccable balance and precision ... Learn More
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  7. Tyrrell'S Belford Semillon 2015
    2015 was an exceptional vintage in the Hunter Valley. The Belford vineyard, planted in 1933, is located 10km northwest of the winery. Furthest vineyard from the Brokenback Range and has the most broken down sandy loam soil, consistency similar to that of ... Learn More
  8. Tyrrell'S Stevens Semillon 2016
    2014 was an exceptional vintage in the Hunter Valley. Sourced from Neil Stevens’ Glenoak vineyard, a combination of light sandy loams and transitional darker, heavier clay soils. Oldest plantings on this vineyard are from 1911. Fermentation in stainless steel at cool temperatures ... Learn More
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  9. Moss Wood Semillon 2018
    An absolutely classic Semillon combination of green apples and figs but with the added complexity of stewed pears and cinnamon. As always, there’s a touch of earthiness suggesting barrel aging but this is definitely not the case. In the ... Learn More
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  10. Tyrrell'S Hvd Semillon 2014
    2014 was an exceptional vintage in the Hunter Valley. Sourced from the ‘Sign Post’ block which was planted in 1908. The vineyard has light, sandy and well-draining soils. Fermented in stainless steel tanks at cool temperatures. After fermentation the wine spent a ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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  11. Tyrrell'S Belford Semillon 2014
    2014 was an exceptional vintage in the Hunter Valley. The Belford vineyard, planted in 1933, is located 10km northwest of the winery. Furthest vineyard from the Brokenback Range and has the most broken down sandy loam soil, consistency similar to that of ... Learn More
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  12. Tyrrell'S Stevens Semillon 2014
    2014 was an exceptional vintage in the Hunter Valley. Sourced from Neil Stevens’ Glenoak vineyard, a combination of light sandy loams and transitional darker, heavier clay soils. Oldest plantings on this vineyard are from 1911. Fermentation in stainless steel at cool temperatures ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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  13. De Iuliis Aged Semillon 2013
    Fresh and lively in its youth, this excellent 2013 vintage Semillon has developed beeswax and honey characters with age in the bottle. An incredibly complex wine with a fresh citrus palate. Only 250 dozen have been carefully cellared in a temperature-controlled environment. ... Learn More
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  14. 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
  15. Andrew Thomas 'Braemore' Semillon Cellar Reserve 2014
    The wine will mellow and flesh out well with lemon curd and toast characters, yet the faint core of tight acidity will keep the wine refreshing to drink ... Learn More
  16. Andrew Thomas 'Braemore' Semillon Cellar Reserve 2013
    The Braemore vineyard is one of the finest plots of Semillon in the Hunter Valley. ... Learn More
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  17. Tyrrell'S 'Vat 1' Semillon 2015
    Vat 1 Semillon only ever comes from our best old vine, dry grown vineyards. These blocks feature ideal sandy, free draining soils that give these wines their unique character. The oldest of these blocks was planted in 1923. Hand picked in the ... Learn More
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  18. Chateau Doisy Daene 2011
    Viscous green plum, green almond, quince, pineapple, fig and pear notes blend together on the nose. The long, toasted almond and ginger-filled finish has terrific depth. Scored 95-98 from Wine Spectator ... Learn More
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  19. 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
  20. Delord 1996 Bas Armagnac
    Grape Variety : Ugni blanc, Folle Blanche , Colombard, Baco 22 A ... Learn More
  21. 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
  22. 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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  23. Tyrrell'S 'Vat 1' Semillon 2008
    After a relatively cool fermentation, the wine spent a minimal time on yeast lees before being bottled to maintain its freshness. ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
  24. Delord 1985 Bas Armagnac
    Serving circumstance: After meal drinkServing temperature : Room TemperatureReady to drink ... Learn More
  25. Delord 1983 Bas Armagnac
    Light intensity, amber in colour and with pretty orangey tints ... Learn More
  26. Comte De Lamaestre 1990 Bas Armagnac
    Old gold, orange reflections ... Learn More
  27. Grosperrin "Cognac De Collection" Folle Blanche 2008 5 Years Old
    This cognac comes from the blend of 2003 and 2008 vintages, two harvest that were distillated on dregs, and then aged in big grain oak casks. The water reduction was done on an 18 months period in our cellars. ... Learn More
  28. Francois Voyer Napoleon - 15 Years
    Serving circumstance: After meal drinkServing temperature : Room Temperature ... Learn More
  29. Tyrrell'S 'Vat 1' Semillon 2005
    An iconic Australian wine from what is a classic vintage for Hunter Valley semillon. Showing a tightly structured palate with considerable length and breadth of citrus fruit flavours. This wine is only just beginning to evolve and show a hint ... Learn More
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  30. Comte De Lamaestre 1979 Bas Armagnac
    An intriguing and complex Armagnac. ... Learn More
  31. Tyrrell'S 'Vat 1' Semillon 2011
    A late spring which lead into cooler conditions throughout November and early December with some rain. This lead up left us with above average crop levels which ripened well with the warmer weather in January. Picking began one week later ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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  32. Chateau Tariquet 100% Folle Blanche - 12 Years Bas Armagnac
    A clean, intense nose expressing softness with vanilla and a pleasant note of cocoa. The esters are subdued, and reveal exotic fragrances when the brandy is exposed to the air. This unusual Bas Armagnac brandies offer a comprehensive and surprising ... Learn More
  33. Chateau Tariquet 100% Folle Blanche - 15 Years Bas Armagnac
    The aromas of crystallised stone-fruits and liquorice are the sign of a great Armagnac of which Gascony can be proud ... Learn More
  34. Delord - 25 Year Old Bas Armagnac
    Serving circumstance: After meal drinkServing temperature : Room TemperatureReady to drink. ... Learn More
  35. Darroze Les Grands Assemblages (Blends) - 12 Year Old Bas Armagnac
    A boisterous 12 year old Bas Armagnac blended and bottled by the incomparable Darroze as part of their Grands Assemblages range. Hints of liquorice and cinnamon here, this really blossoms after a minute or two breathing in the glass. ... Learn More
  36. Gelas 100% Folle Blanche Unfiltered - 18 Years Bas Armagnac
    Folle Blanche is the historic variety of Armagnac which once dominated the vineyards before their destruction by phylloxera in 1878 ... Learn More
  37. Castarede 1987 Armagnac Ba
    Aged in oak barrels. This vintage bottled in 2016 has been aging for 29 years in oak barrels. This 1987 vintage is a powerful expression, fresh and fruit-driven on the nose. Hints of liquorice as well. It’s not as earthy as some ... Learn More
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  38. Darroze Armagnac Gba 20Yrs
    Absolutely stunning Armagnac with incredible richness, spice, and balance. Big wood, lots of spice and vanilla, and a rustic fruit character with seamless execution. ... Learn More
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  39. Delord 1972 Bas Armagnac
    Serving circumstance: After meal drinkServing temperature : Room TemperatureReady to drink ... Learn More
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