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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  • RC - Yes, you did mention that you've tried several bottles.  They ... ... bother trying to get the Armagnac or Akvavit bottles shipped to your house unless you can find them already available in the USA. &nbs Read More

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  • AL - Yes I did and commented on them above.  Never had any Armagnac though I've heard of it, to get get it it would have to shipped and Wi isn't big on shipping spirits, with the latest events probably less so.116 Read More

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  • Did anyone catch all the 'house wines' we sampled on the cruise?  ... was the popularity of the Armagnac's, which are distilled wines like brandy. &nbs Read More

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  • Did you follow my drift on goopy? Not the first time I've used it to ... ... wines, whiskeys, beers, and Armagnac Fri - Sunda Read More

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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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    Wine review by Teppo

  • 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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    Wine review by smuratore

  • Ferrari Brut 2012


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