Brandy Wine Information
Armagnac is a brandy
created in Gascony, about 100 miles south of Cognac. It's generally in the south-western part of France. There are three areas in Armagnac - Bas-Armagnac (the best), Tenareze, and Haut-Armagnac.
Most Armagnac are created from these four grapes:
* Folle Blanche
* Ugni Blanc (trebbiano)
This region uses a continuous still method, where they ferment to a lower alcohol level. This allows the spirit to retain many of its characteristics, although it often needs longer aging (13-15 yrs) than a Cognac.
Armagnac has an additional level - Hors dí‚ge
- which must be aged for 10 years before release. Note that after around 35 years, almost all brandies have lived too long.
Brandies are typically drunk after a meal, at around 70F. They go well with nut and apple desserts, or on their own. It should be served in a thin glass, which should be held by the stem - not the bowl. Warming the glass causes the alcohol to evaporate too quickly, drowning out the fruit aromas.
I definitely recommend getting a glass like the Riedel Cognac glass shown here which carefully focuses the alcohol fumes into a small area. If you instead get one of those old-fashioned-style huge snifter bowls, the fumes just cascade out of those and overwhelm all of the other aromas.
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