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Armagnac XO age guide increases to 10 years
Published:  25 April, 2018

The Bureau National Interprofessionnel de l'Armagnac (BNIC) has changed the minimum age limit of XO armagnac from 6 to 10 years, effective from 1 April 2018.

This means that 10 years is the new minimum age of the youngest eau-de-vie in an armagnac blend marked XO and bottled from 1 April 2018. 

Although this positioning is common for commercial blends from the Cognac appellation, the BNIA has noted that operators with count six armagnac XO packaged before 1 April may be sold until stocks last. 

Marc Darroze, president of the BNIA, said: “It had become essential to bring the reality of the Armagnac maturation and the blends from our operators closer to the denominations.  

“Thus, this is a way for all operators to clearly value these Armagnacs which, for the most part, are blends of eaux-de-vie older than 10 years. 

“It is also more coherent to offer spirit enthusiasts in France and particularly on the export markets a certain homogeneity in the denominations.”

The minimum age of Armagnac blends correspond to the following designations:

  • Aged 1-3 years VS and ***
  • Aged 4-9 years VSOP
  • Aged 6-9 years Napoleon
  • Aged 10+ years XO, Hors d’Age and Vintages.