Armagnac is distilled using what's called an alembic pot still, resulting in a rougher spirit. But once this is combined with age, it turns extremely complex. There are three appellations in Armagnac - Ténarèze, Bas and Haut. Producers there have been making Armagnac for hundreds of years, even before cognac producers. Who are arguably more popular. Cognacs are commonly made using one type of grape only which is called Ugni Blanc. Armagnac makes the most of using three additional types of grapes - Bacco, Folle blanche and Colombard.
The generations-old Darroze family has produced a marvellous 30 year old Bas Armagnac as part of their Grand Assemblages (the Great Blends) range. It’s based on a diversity in crus, vintages, grape varieties and styles, and comes together to produce a very rich Armagnac.
A fine vintage Armangac from Baron de Lustrac, distilled in 1990 and aged in 420 litre oak barrels. For these releases we see only the finest eaux de vie used for the blending.