Art of Armagnac

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'How to' drink Armagnac


To experience the complex equilibrium between the grape, alcohol and tannin, Armagnac must be savoured through the eyes, nose and palate. The first impression is the colour.

Look for a beautiful golden amber that is pleasing to the eye. Note also its clarity and intensity. There is also the aroma, which is one of the most pleasing characteristics of Armagnac. Aromas are as diverse as they are intense, offering a very personal experience with each tasting.

Look for dried fruits (ripe and preserved orange, prune, apricot, apple, pear), spices (vanilla, cocoa, cinnamon, pepper), toasted (coffee, tobacco, leather), almond and hazelnuts, wood (oak, cedar, hickory), herbal (fern, violet, jasmine, tea) and floral (dried flowers).

To suit individual preferences, Armagnacs also differ in weight and texture, ranging from light to medium and full-bodied.

Finally, a fine Armagnac has a lengthy finish, which begins after the first swallow. This is indicative of purity, concentration and balance.

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Armagnac Drinks



3cl Armagnac

2cl Chambord Liqueur

4cl Raspberry coulis

Top up with champagne Finish with the zest of a lime

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Difference between Armagnac & Cognac


The rolling hills of Armagnac lie south of Cognac, with a sunnier and dryer climate that impacts the grapes accordingly.

Grape varieties also differ. Armagnac is produced primarily from Bacco, Folle Blanche and Ugni Blanc, which are grown in sandy soil and warm temperatures. Cognac is produced almost exclusively from Ugni Blanc, grown in chalky soil under mild temperatures. As a result, Armagnac grapes have a stronger fruit and sugar content, making them perfect for distillation.

Armagnac is single-distilled to a lower alcohol content (50-55%), while Cognac is double-distilled to a higher percentage (68-74%). The advantage of a single distillation is that more of the flavour remains in the eau de vie, while double distillation produces a more neutral taste.

While one might compare a Cognac to a blend, Chabot Armagnac is more comparable to a single malt whisky.

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