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Exciting Armagnac

All aboard the Armagnac hype train! There’s a lot of talk surrounding Armagnac at the moment, and since Armagnac is the older brother of Cognac, we’re jumping on the bandwagon with a range of offerings worth writing home about. On the scene for much longer than Cognac, Armagnac dates back more than 600 years, with first known production starting in 1411.

Produced in the Pays de Gascogne region in the south-west of France, the Armagnac terroirs rest between the Adour and Garonne rivers. With differences in grape growing locations and subtle contrasts in production, Armagnac distinguishes itself in its own right, as a unique and credible spirit worthy of recognition, far from the shadows of its younger brother; Cognac. Made in small quantities by largely unknown producers, Armagnac wears its individuality with nothing but pride.

Blessed with an underrated reputation, its small-scale production grants Armagnac the versatility to vary with such a wide range of aroma and flavor, purely because it is such an artisan product. Alongside each individual producer, comes one-of-a-kind craftsmanship and a distinctive result like no other - and that’s exactly the way it should be. From young and vibrant VS delights, to high quality vintage treasures, Armagnac offers its charm to all tastes and connoisseurs.

All aboard the Armagnac hype train! There’s a lot of talk surrounding Armagnac at the moment, and since Armagnac is the older brother of Cognac, we’re jumping on the bandwagon with a range of offerings worth writing home about. On the scene for much longer than Cognac, Armagnac dates back more than 600 years, with first known production starting in 1411.

Produced in the Pays de Gascogne region in the south-west of France, the Armagnac terroirs rest between the Adour and Garonne rivers. With differences in grape growing locations and subtle contrasts in production, Armagnac distinguishes itself in its own right, as a unique and credible spirit worthy of recognition, far from the shadows of its younger brother; Cognac. Made in small quantities by largely unknown producers, Armagnac wears its individuality with nothing but pride.

Blessed with an underrated reputation, its small-scale production grants Armagnac the versatility to vary with such a wide range of aroma and flavor, purely because it is such an artisan product. Alongside each individual producer, comes one-of-a-kind craftsmanship and a distinctive result like no other - and that’s exactly the way it should be. From young and vibrant VS delights, to high quality vintage treasures, Armagnac offers its charm to all tastes and connoisseurs.

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. 

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