- Vineyard Area: 16 ha
- Soil Type: Sandy
- Varieties Cultivated: Ugni Blanc, Colombard, Folle Blanche Continuous Still
- Annual Production: 50,000 bottles
- Country: France
- Name Of Proprietor: Castarède family
The Castarède house, currently owned and operated by the charming Florence Castarède, is the oldest business in Armagnac. Founded in 1832 by Jules Nismes, the estate and its cellars sit on the River Baise at Pont-de-Bordes in the Lot-et-Garonne department. The firm is owned by the Castarède family, who are also proprietors of Château de Maniban at Mauléon d’Armagnac. The Maniban family were members of the legal aristocracy, who played an important role in developing Bordeaux’s fine wine estates and was the first to introduce armagnac to the court of Louis XV.
Now in its sixth generation, the Castarède family, under the auspices of Florence, runs the firm and maintains an “eco-museum” cellar dedicated to preserving their original 19th century spirit. The firm is not a distiller, but rather buys its armagnacs exclusively from the Bas Armagnac, most of which were distilled between 1900 and 2000. The Armagnacs are aged in 400 liter oak casks in the Castarède cellars until ready for bottling. To take a sip of a Castarède Armagnac is to experience the history of Armagnac.