Château de Hontambère can be found on maps of the Armagnac region since at least 1834. The name Hontambère is derived from reference to the beautifully restored fountain, the source for which has long been known to locals for its exceptional purity.
Located in the Ténarèze sub region of Armagnac, Hontambère expresses the subtle, smooth, and perfumed style that is the hallmark of the best Armagnacs of this region. Combining this local knowledge with a detailed understanding of the Château’s different terroirs has allowed specially selected vines to be grown and harvested in a way that brings out the very best in Armagnac.
Carefully selected by cellar master Sylvain, these precious cast-strength elixirs are bottled with care on the domain in order to preserve the spirit of each barrel.
No alteration of the color, no dilution, no additives whatsoever, not even water; no filtration nor reduction. Unbiased, unadulterated, unprecedented. The true nobility of a 700 year old product, made even greater with advanced craftsmanship.
With great aromatic richness, this Extra Old develops a bouquet of vanilla and plum, delicately wooded flavors and balanced ageing. This Armagnac upholds all the promise and character of the Hontambère Domain. Bottled at cask strength 53.2%.
Rare Armagnac Collection by Hontambère gives unprecedented access to one-off bottlings of Armagnacs from small producers, not previously available to those outside of the region – or even sometimes outside of the family. Our commitment to the traditions and people of this region and years of careful, patient work has given us access to the finest of these small lots of hand made artisanal Armagnacs now proudly released under the Rare Armagnac Collection.
The region of Armagnac lies in the heart of "la France Profonde." It is one of the few remaining truly rural parts of France which have preserved their authenticity, reflected in the Armagnac itself, which remains largely untouched by the modern fast pace of life. Local Artisans still respect the patient work of time that transforms youthful spirit into beautifully complex and rounded Armagnac after years resting in the ancient cellars of their tiny domaines.
The Armagnacs selected for the Rare Armagnac Collection are produced in tiny quantities by local families, using the same methods that have been handed down through generations for over 700 years.
Barrel No. H7
100% Ugni Blanc grapes
Number of bottles: 400
Cask strength: 56.6%
Bottled in 2021.
Aged in oak casks for 36 years.
Initial aging in new barrels, then transferred to wide-grained French Limousin oak. Aged in a dry cellar.
Powerful and smoky nose which transforms with aromas of prunes, undergrowth, citrus, almonds, rancio, wood, leather and fresh fruits. Structured and forceful on the palate with delicate sweetness and flavors of wood, candied fruit, figs, and coffee. Lengthy finish.
96 points. Extraordinary/Ultimate Recommendation. Finalist.
"Enveloping the senses, the aroma reveals beeswax, vanilla beans, and delectable French pastries, complemented by soft floral nuances. On the palate, a rich and ripe experience unveils layers of complexity, with notes of sourdough, brown butter, roasted nuts, and dried berries." (Ultimate Spirits Challenge 2023)
Gold Medal (Bartender Spirits Awards 2023)
Barrel No. H1
Number of bottles: 540
Cask strength: 54.2%
Bottled in 2021.
Aged in oak casks for 34 years.
This 1987 vintage was discovered lost in the corner of the cellars on one of the most traditional estates in the Ténarèze long after they ceased production.
Natural deep amber color, delicately offset by clear, hints of orange and a lifting touch of rancio.
92 points, Excellent, Highly Recommended “Pours a serene, deep mahogany and shows a vivid bouquet of roasted chestnuts, scorched plum, toasted orange peel, and marzipan. Chewy wood tannins caress the palate and release mature flavors of candied almond and preserved stone fruits." (Ultimate Spirits Challenge, 2022)
92 points. "This is part of Hontambère’s Rare Armagnac collection, a 1987 vintage single cask from the Ténarèze region, bottled at cask strength. Cinnamon bark and cayenne heat open to juicy red fruit, finishing with a wash of vanilla and dried cherry, exiting gently spiced." (Wine Enthusiast, 2021)