A white, unaged Armagnac from PM Spirits and Domaine d'Esperance, the fruit simply explodes on the palate. The nose is all grape and raisin, without a hint that it's over 102 proof. Grapes and raisins fill the palate, fruity and sweet, with white pepper and the lightest touch of cardamom.
This is a single vintage, single varietal Armagnac, aged 13 years. It has a beautiful caramel color. The nose offer honey, poached pear, and white florals, like distant magnolia. The palate is complex, with a whole cabinet of spices including cinnamon, clove, cardamom and pepper, a touch of honey, pears,
This wonderful Armagnac is made from four casks, from 1990, 1981, 1978, and 1973, and blended and bottled in 2015. Fig and toffee aromas absolutely fly out of the glass. On the palate, brown sugar, dates, and espresso flow seamlessly into deep earthiness, which lingers along with a nutty background. Warmth
Think of the area’s 18 appellations as an archipelago of isolated vinous enclaves. In many ways, France’s Southwest wine region makes little sense. Few of its 18 individual appellations – 12 AOPs and 6 IGPs – barely touch each other. Instead, they are isolated by buffers of woodlands or vast
When I was in the French region of Armagnac in December, everyone was all excited about selling Armagnac in China. As well they should be. While Armagnac is a beautiful, tawny, aromatic spirit with a long tradition, in recent decades it has fallen far below Cognac in world recognition, consequently
Charles Neal, a San Francisco-based writer and wine importer, spent almost a decade researching and writing Armagnac: The Definitive Guide to France's Premier Brandy. He's now done it again with Calvados: The Spirit of Normandy, an all-encompassing volume that is the result of another 10-year period of travel, research and