If Armagnac is missing from a cabinet full of bourbon, this will be a revelation.
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 IG...
Cognac, the village and the AOC, is a quiet pastoral place. The village bustles at times, but primarily as a business hub and central marketplace for a largely rural community and only secondarily, it seems, as the world center for a unique iconic style of spirit.
Lightly floral, fruity aroma and flavor, a pleasant minerality expands in the mouth. Later, orange essence comes to mind.