An Auctioneer's guide to Armagnac, Cognac's rustic cousin.

Armagnac is a type of grape brandy produced in the Gascony region of south-west France. The brandy is traditionally distilled only once and is matured in oak casks, often for many decades. Armagnac is graded in a similar way to Cognac (VS, VSOP, XO), but is often released as a single vintage expression. Unlike the huge producers of Cognac, Armagnac is often produced on a smaller scale by local producers. Armagnac is typically rich and full bodied, with a rustic, nutty spice and earthy, leathery notes.

Notable producers include Baron de Signognac, Nismes Delclou, Chateau de Laubade and Baron de Lustrac.

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