Stylish, original armagnacs from the oldest armagnac distillery in France
The Castarède family, spanning six generations
The Origin Story
Looking back into history
Armagnac Castarède was founded in 1832, by current owner Florence Castarède’s great-great-great-grandfather, Jules Nismes. Armagnacs had been made popular around the turn of the 16th century, at the time of King Henri IV. The early 1800s saw France looking to revive the armagnac trade and Jules Nismes was encouraged to start distilling armagnac by Baron Haussmann, a deputy of the region.
A long line of distillers
The Castarède family, which had been ennobled by King Louis XVIII in 1818, passed on its name and family arms to Jules Nismes. Generation after generation, the family continued distilling armagnac on the estate. Florence Castarède is the latest in the line to distill armagnac, having taken over from her father around 25 years ago.
Spreading the story
Florence is known throughout the world of fine spirits for her cheerful demeanour and outgoing personality. She regularly travels the globe to share her family’s story, and, of course, the family armagnacs. She has recently opened a salon in the centre of Paris, where visitors can sit and chat over a glass of Castarède armagnac, much as they did a couple of hundred years ago.
The secret sauce
Distillation on the castle grounds
Sharing the pleasure
The Castarède distillery was registered in the annals in 1832, and as such, is the oldest armagnac distillery in France. As Florence Castarède continues to create new lines of products, and innovative blended spirits, she pays tribute to her long and noble heritage. She hopes to be able to introduce people to the joy of a beautifully balanced armagnac, and to never forget the joie-de-vivre and quest for pleasure that is the backbone of the French culture.