Auckland, Armagnac

The Auckland region was home to the Dalmatian immigrants who settled in West Auckland in the early part of the 20th Century, bringing with them wine-making traditions. The New Zealand wine industry largely owes its beginnings to those early settlers.

Most of the wineries are around 45 minutes drive from the city of Auckland, so the region is popular for day trippers. Auckland’s climate in general isn't ideally suited to grape cultivation, but small pockets or sub-regions exist where micro-climates can produce some world-class wines. The region typically gets enough sunshine for the harvest, but rain is the constant threat, especially in spring and summer.

The red varieties that work the best in the region are the Bordeaux styled varieties made from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and also the non-Bordeaux Syrah. Most notable of the whites grown in the region is Chardonnay, for which Kumeu River is very highly regarded.
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!
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  1. KUMEU RIVER 'VILLAGE' CHARDONNAY 2019
    Kumeu River Chardonnay is drawn from six different vineyard sites in the Kumeu Region. Particularly care is taken in selecting only the very best grapes from these vineyards for the Kumeu River Estate label. Shows lovely stone fruits, creamed nuts, ... Learn More
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  2. 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
  3. KUMEU RIVER 'ESTATE' CHARDONNAY 2018
    Kumeu River, northwest of Auckland is without a doubt NZ’s finest chardonnay producer. Master of Wine and winemaker Michael Brajkovich has been crafting fine chardonnay at the estate since the 1980’s. Hand picked fruit and vigorous selection from the ... Learn More
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  4. FRANCOIS VOYER MISTELLE BLANC
    Subtle and elegant. Composed of 2/3 of grape juice and 1/3 of Cognac (approximately, the exact percentage is our secret), blended just after the grape harvesting. Aged in oak barrels more than 18 month after the blend Aromas of fresh fruit with hints ... Learn More
  5. MAN O WAR VALHALLA CHARDONNAY 2018
    The Man O’ War story begins with a special piece of land rich in history. Located at the eastern end of Waiheke Island, Man O’ War is a stunning array of coastal hillsides with high cliffs and pristine beaches forming ... Learn More
  6. 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
  7. DELORD 1996 BAS ARMAGNAC
    Grape Variety : Ugni blanc, Folle Blanche , Colombard, Baco 22 A ... Learn More
  8. 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
  9. 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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  10. DELORD 1985 BAS ARMAGNAC
    Serving circumstance: After meal drinkServing temperature : Room TemperatureReady to drink ... Learn More
  11. DELORD 1983 BAS ARMAGNAC
    Light intensity, amber in colour and with pretty orangey tints ... Learn More
  12. COMTE DE LAMAESTRE 1990 BAS ARMAGNAC
    Old gold, orange reflections ... Learn More
  13. COMTE DE LAMAESTRE 1979 BAS ARMAGNAC
    An intriguing and complex Armagnac. ... Learn More
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. DELORD - 25 YEAR OLD BAS ARMAGNAC
    Serving circumstance: After meal drinkServing temperature : Room TemperatureReady to drink. ... Learn More
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. DELORD 1972 BAS ARMAGNAC
    Serving circumstance: After meal drinkServing temperature : Room TemperatureReady to drink ... Learn More
  20. DARROZE LES GRANDS ASSEMBLAGES (BLENDS) - 30 YEAR OLD BAS ARMAGNAC
    Maturity begins at 30. The fresh fruit is transformed into dried and candied fruit, the spicy character asserts itself, the first aromas of "rancio" appear and the alcohol is perfectly mellow. The fiery youth softens and relents. This Grand Assemblage is ... Learn More
  21. DOMAINE BOINGNERES 2001 FOLLE BLANCHE - BAS ARMAGNAC
    Encapsulating all the top aromatic qualities of the 1985 Folle Blanche, yet slightly softer. ... Learn More
  22. COMTE DE LAMAESTRE 1967 BAS ARMAGNAC
    Grapes:Ugni blanc, Bacco22A, Colombard ... Learn More
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  23. DARROZE DOMAINE DE TILLET 1975
    Darroze have been travelling the Armagnac region and selecting their favourite casks to bottle since 1974. ... Learn More
  24. DELORD 1966 BAS ARMAGNAC
    50 year old Armagnac ... Learn More
  25. DOMAINE BOINGNERES 1985 CEPAGES NOBLES FOLLE BLANCHE & COLOMBARD - BAS ARMAGNAC
    Distilled in 1985 from Folle Blanche and Colombard grapes, this wonderful Armagnac offers up Rich, spicy flavour. Another stunner from Domaine de Boingnères. ... Learn More
  26. DELORD 1962 BAS ARMAGNAC
    Grapes variety: Colombard, Ugni Blanc, Bacco22A ... Learn More
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  27. DELORD 1961 BAS ARMAGNAC
    Serving circumstance: After meal drinkServing temperature : Room TemperatureReady to drink ... Learn More
  28. COMTE DE LAMAESTRE 1960 BAS ARMAGNAC
    Deep amber, shiny clear, olive green reflections. ... Learn More
  29. DELORD 1952 BAS ARMAGNAC
    Grape Variety : Ugni blanc, Folle Blanche , Colombard, Baco 22 A ... Learn More
  30. COMTE DE LAMAESTRE 1967 BAS ARMAGNAC (GASCON POT 2.5L)
    Grapes:Ugni blanc, Bacco22A, Colombard ... Learn More
  31. DELORD 1946 ARMAGNAC
    Grape Variety : Ugni blanc, Folle Blanche , Colombard, Baco 22 A ... Learn More
    DELORD 1946 ARMAGNAC
    $1,650.00 Per item
  32. CASTAREDE 1946 ARMAGNAC
    Founded in 1832, Castarede is the oldest still operating in Armagnac. Under the guidance of six generations of the family, the house makes available vintage and non-vintage Armagnacs distilled primarily between 1900-2000, sourcing fruit from throughout the Bas Armagnac region. From ... Learn More
    CASTAREDE 1946 ARMAGNAC
    $1,899.00 Per item
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  33. CASTAREDE 1939 ARMAGNAC
    The Castarède vintages won medals for more than 20 years in large international professional competitions. Farmed according to tradition in hundred-year-old wine warehouses, the Castarède vintages from Armagnac can go back to 1893! A great selection sold at the price ... Learn More
    CASTAREDE 1939 ARMAGNAC
    $2,350.00 Per item
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