Deep golden amber colour which reveals it’s long maturation, it distinguishes itself by its crystal transparency. A sensation of dry fruits and prunes on the nose with aromas of berries and cloves. Notes of violets and deep and long finish. Round and full palate which creates a perfect harmony with a persistent finis which recalls the taste of Aged prunes. A considerable personality, the perfect level of maturity and a characteristic taste of "rancio" identify the XO Royal. It is a blend (assemblage) of Armagnac aged for a minimum of 12 to 25 years. The white wines are coming from the best vineyards of the Appellation Controlée: Bas Armagnac and Tenarèze which are then distilled using mainly the single distillation method (80%) and double distillation (20%). The ‘eaux-de-vie’ are aged separately at the Janneau ancient cellars, mainly in Limousin oak casks, and then blended together before bottling .
Maison Janneau is one of the oldest of the great Armagnac houses. Founded by Pierre Etienne Janneau, in the far off days of 1851 at Condom in Armagnac, four generations of the Janneau family have followed, passing down the secret of Grand Armagnac from father to son. In the early 70’s Cognac Martell purchased he family property and important investments in a new distillery and aging cellars expanded the maison to the dimensions we know today. Janneau is home to one of the most important production plant and storage facility of the Armagnac region.