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Armagnac: The Definitive Guide to France's Premier Brandy by Charles Neal

A lively and well-researched book. Impressive and timely.

— Gerald Asher, Wine Editor, Gourmet Magazine

Armagnac is France's premier brandy, not only because it was the first but also because it is the preference of true connoisseurs. And while armagnac is often compared to its closest relative cognac, the two brandies are distinctly different.

In this detailed study, Charles Neal takes us to Gascony, in the hidden backwoods of Southwestern France. All the factors that go into making a great armagnac are explained, as are the differences between it and cognac.

Insights into blending and the use of permitted additives are fully discussed. Also included are profiles of the region's most influential négociants, objective tasting notes on their products, even information on how to match Armagnac with your favorite cigar.

More important, however, is the focus on the region's real heart and soul — the producers of traditional armagnac. Within their unrectified armagnacs from a single year, subtle notes of prune, apricot, vanilla, spice and nuts converge to become heavenly. A deep, penetrating natural sweetness of fruit remains on the palate for minutes, and when smelling the empty snifter the next day, one can be reminded of the memorable scent of un vrai armagnac.

Armagnac Book Details

Now available in paperback.

  • Biographies and reviews of over 140 producers and négociants
  • Precise differences between Armagnac and Cognac explained
  • Tasting notes of over 750 Vintage Armagnacs
  • An indispensable guide for the serious spirit consumer
  • Over 200 photographs
  • 319 pages
  • ISBN-13: 9781935879916

More About the French Brandy Armagnac

Visit CharlesNealSelections.com for an overview of armagnac brandy and bios of French armagnac producers. You'll also find information about the French brandies cognac and calvados as well as profiles of a variety of French wine producers.

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