Janneau XO 20 Year Old Grand Armagnac is a more exclusive XO in the Janneau range. XO is the flagship Armagnac of the blends. In fact, the whole range is built around the XO. The eaux-de-vie used in the XO blend is aged for at least 20 years in old oak barrels.
This 20 Year Old expression of Janneau XO has a round and enjoyable mouthfeel, with dried fruit flavours, touches of figs, honey and plums. It's delicate and harmonious, with well mastered notes of wood of vanilla and toffee.
The exclusive distillate is created from Ugni Blanc and Baco 22a grapes grown in Armagnac-Ténarèze and Bas Armagnac.
Double distilled using the 'Charentais' pot still, like those in Cognac. The two successive distillations capture only the heart of the distillation. The resultant eaux-de-vie is 72 percent alcohol and produces Armagnacs which are smooth, soft and fruity.
The Eaux du Vie is aged for a minimum of 20 years in 400L Oak barrels. The oak is sourced from the forests of Gascony and Limousin. They are stored in Janneau's 1851 cellars in the town of Condom in the heart of the Armagnac-Ténarèze. The large oak grain is perfect for Armagnac ageing. The cellar master ages in new oak before transferring to old oak to avoid an excessive oak extraction.