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glass of armagnacOne of the oldest spirits in the world, Armagnac celebrated it's 700th anniversary celebrating in 2010.

While sales of Armagnac have always run a distant second to Cognac, vinters are out to change all that with aggressive marketing planned in future for their two most popular international Armagnac fan bases - in the US and Russia.

The difference between Armagnac and Cognac? It's in the age-old distillation process.

Created in multiple stages, Armagnac (pronounced arm-en-yak) usually retains a greater fruitiness in taste and aroma, and a texture that's generally richer and fuller.

As such, Armagnac is often described as a more voluptuous and sophisticated version of its younger sister.

The area of Armagnac is located in the southeast Gascony region of France -- famous for fois gras and other traditionally rich dishes. It is is divided into three different zones, Bas-Armagnac, Tenareze and Haut-Armagnac.

Meanwhile, the Armagnac-fortified sweet wines Floc de Gascogne, and the Cotes de Gascogne produced in the region originate from the same grapes, but are not distilled.


More information about Armagnac wineries & brandy around the Web:



About Armagnac
- This "Armagnac 101" course features photos and explanations of the grapes and the terroir, the distillation and ageing processes, along with tasting notes and how to enjoy it (sip slowly!)

Armagnac - This page of resources of Armagnac-related sites includes wineries, essays, sites that focus on the region, and sites dedicated to shopping. The rest is only available in French and includes a complete history of the region and the wines with pages of additional facts....

 

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