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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  • Ricci Terre del Timorasso 2009

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    Wine review by smuratore


  • Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 6in 2004

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    Wine review by Teppo


  • 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

    Wine review by Slipstream


  • Barone de Cles Teroldego Cardinale 2010

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    Big old wood aromas greet the nose which is savory and sweet like mortadella and toasted nuts, with a bit of a sour leather, fish sauce thing going on as well. Very finely focused in the mouth this starts off all mineral and snappy, slowly picking up smoky, stemmy nuance and precise, real savory fruit on the backend with tart plum and baked bl... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Barone de Cles Teroldego Maso Scari 2011

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    Decidedly earthy on the nose and without the brightness of the Primo but much more complex and interesting with nuanced dried grass, black fruit, and stony aromas. Downright opulent on entry with blackberry and blackcurrant fruit in a broad slightly chewy and deep style that shows savory accents to the fruit that turn sharply mineral, if a tou... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Antinori Villa Antinori Toscana IGT White 2012

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    Wine review by ranchorachel


  • You've never had liquor with chocolate 'pudding', Greg?  One ... ... grappa, marc, Cognac, Armagnac and even Bourbon have all made it in as substitutes from time to time.Sorry, but no red wine need apply for a match. Unless maaaaaaaybe Bandol.  ; Read More

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  • Armagnac de Montal Armagnac Vsop NV

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    This $50 Armagnac is a very pleasant sipper with many delicious and somewhat exotic flavors but it is rather soft and light bodied on the palate. Read More

    Wine review by bn196


  • Tassinaia. Castello del Terriccio 2006

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    Wine review by mberzell


  • Castello Vicchiomaggio Ripa Delle Mandorle Toscana 2011

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    75% Sangiovese, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon Smoky with a hint of tomato on the nose followed by decidedly Cabernet and oak driven aromas of smoke, raw wood, dried herbs, plummy and black currant fruit. Bright, juicy and fairly black fruited onentry, this shows a nice initial wave of black raspberry fruit that is slightly jammy, then it drops off a bi... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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