Armagnac Wine

 

Armagnac is a grape brandy that is produced in the Gascony region of France. It’s the oldest distillate in France, predating Cognac by a couple of hundred years. Alchemist and wine enthusiast Arnaud de Villeneuve is credited with creating the first incarnation of the spirit in the early 1300s. Another account attributes this to physician Cardinal Vital Dufour, who lived around the same time. Regardless of who was first, it is known that the Arabs had been distilling for centuries, using spirits for such purposes as perfume, medication, food flavor enhancers, cosmetics, and dyes. The Arab Moors had been living around Europe, and both men were known to be avid enthusiasts of their culture. It is likely from this association that the French men got the idea to distill the local wine into eau-de-vie. The name comes from the House of Armagnac, a succession of counts who were the first to promote the spirit throughout France. 
 
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  • Haven't posted on wine excesses in awhile so here goes. Sorry, JD, no ... ... Marc de Bourgogne, Calvados, Armagnac We were gathered to toast the life of someone just a little younger than Ms. Chung who isn’t doing well, and spent maybe three hours talking about shared experiences. Sometimes trending heavy but overall a very uplifting evening.... Read More

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  • I drink more (fino) sherry as an aperitif than any other type. Have no problem ... distilled liquor (grappa, armagnac and cognac, calvados, poire william, etc.) with coffee after dinner as dessert wine over the course of a year--they don't clash but tend to complement those food dessert Read More

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  • Gaja Ca'Marcanda "Promis" IGT Tuscany 2011

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  • A few other things to keep in mind. The grape with the most acreage under vine, ... the grape used in Cognac and Armagnac and less-distinguished brandies.Rkatsiteli I'm skeptical about. It's hard to get real figures. The grape is from Georgia and it produced a lot of plonk for the Soviet Union. There's not much of it anywhere else. There was su... Read More

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  • Ruffino Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Lodola Nuova 2009

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  • Ferrari Brut 2012

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  • Ticino DOC Prà Bianco 2012

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  • Ricci Terre del Timorasso 2009

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  • Opici Chianti Straw Bottle 2012

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    I realized I missed the straw-covered bottles of Italian and Spanish wines that I remember seeing years ago, so I picked this up. A tart, light-bodied wine with some smoky tannins in the aroma. Not bad. Read More

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