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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    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Colombard

    History of the grape: Colombard is believed to be a crossing of Gouais Blanc and Chenin Blanc, although horticultural...

  • Folle Blanche

    Folle blanche was the traditional grape variety of the Cognac and Armagnac regions of France. It is also known as Pic...

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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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  • GrapesTen different varieties of Armagnac grapes are authorised for use in the production of Armagnac. Of these, four are most common:Baco 22AColombardFolle blancheUgni blancWikipedia again.  Not even going to try to paraphrase.  Other than the Baco, same top contributors as Cognac.  But don't you always wonder what goes into anything you put in... Read More

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  • Now you guys have me curious as to what the Armagnac in my cupboard is comprised of. Been pouring the '61 a little too much lately, will have to hold off a bit to see it's 60th birthday.  Read More

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  • Colombard is commonly used in Armagnac and Cognac. By regulation for it to qualify as a Cru, Cognac needs to be at least 90% from Ugni Blanc, Colombard and Folle Blanche. The wine used in the distilling process is often described as pretty much crap on its own. Doesn't bode well for the bottle in the OP for this thread!Requirements aren't as str... Read More

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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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  • Castiglion del Bosco Rosso di Montalcino 2009

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