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.
Bottled as part of the Grand Assemblages series from Darroze, this is an 8 year old Armagnac from the Bas Armagnac region. Expect a plethora of stewed fruits when sipping this.
This 12 year old is a superb Armagnac from the producers at Darroze, in the Bas Armagnac by Deal Top"> region. It provides all the character of the 8 year old plus a noticeable extra level of maturity.
This VS Armangac is produced by family-owned house Baron de Sigognac, which is one of the oldest in the region. A remarkable brandy for its price tag.
Armagnac is said to be the oldest spirit in the world, once used medicinally. It has been distilled since 1411 in the Armagnac region of south-west France from a blend of grapes including Ugni Blanc. It tends to be produced by small distillers rather than the large ones that dominate Cognac.