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International Friendship Day

Miles apart but best friends at heart: Cognac meets Armagnac for International Friendship Day.

Our love for Cognac is no secret, but we’re certainly not against expanding our tasting repertoire with other delights. Being as it’s International Friendship Day we thought it is highly appropriate to introduce you to one of Cognac’s closest friends—Armagnac.

A brandy with a history as fascinating as that of Cognac, Armagnac is seldom seen outside of France. This rustic eau-de-vie has many similarities to our fav drink, yet is also very different.

Our love for Cognac is no secret, but we’re certainly not against expanding our tasting repertoire with other delights. Being as it’s International Friendship Day we thought it is highly appropriate to introduce you to one of Cognac’s closest friends—Armagnac.

A brandy with a history as fascinating as that of Cognac, Armagnac is seldom seen outside of France. This rustic eau-de-vie has many similarities to our fav drink, yet is also very different.

About Armagnac

Where is Armagnac Made?

Armagnac is also produced in South West France, but in a region known as the Pays de Gascogne. This is found west of the city of Toulouse and extends between the rivers of the Adour and the Garonne, in the foothills of the Pyrenees Mountains. Although it covers an extensive landscape, there are only around 37,000 hectares of vineyards, from which around 6 million bottles of Armagnac are produced each year. (This is a drop in the ocean compared with more than 217 million bottles of Cognac produced in 2019).

In the same way as the Cognac growth region, that of Armagnac is also divided into different terroirs. These number three (as opposed to Cognac’s six) and are called:

  • Bas-Armagnac
  • Armagnac-Ténarèze
  • Haut-Armagnac

The Armagnac Production Process

By far the most important aspect to understand about Armagnac production is that in 95% of cases it is only distilled a single time (Cognac is double distilled). This takes place no later than the 31st of March following the previous summer’s harvest.

The stills used to carry out the distillation are different from those used for Cognac. Rather than using the pot still, eau-de-vie destined to become Armagnac is distilled using a continuous column still, known as an Armagnac alambic. 

Read more about this in our blog article.

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