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Five good reasons to come and take part in ‘Armagnac...

Today in Armagnac

Mark your diaries! From 4th to 7th October, Armagnac takes pride of place at the very chic Villa Mirasol in Mont-de-Marsan for the first edition of the ‘Armagnac Experiences’ campaign. In the wake of the Fête de la Gastronomie, this event will bring together producers, wine growers, oenologists, barmen, sommeliers and great lovers of Armagnac for four days of...

On your marks, get ready, mix and stir!

Today in Armagnac

Entries are still open for the first edition of the ‘ Armagnac Cocktail Challenge’ on 4th October in the superb setting of Villa Mirasol in Mont-de-Marsan. All industry professionals from the region are invited to take part in the promotion of the oldest eau-de-vie in France by reinventing it through a cocktail! With the same vision as the artisans in the Appellation,...

Five good reasons to come and take part in ‘Armagnac...

Today in Armagnac

Mark your diaries! From 4th to 7th October, Armagnac takes pride of place at the very chic Villa Mirasol in Mont-de-Marsan for the first edition of the ‘Armagnac Experiences’ campaign. In the wake of the Fête de la Gastronomie, this event will bring together producers, wine growers, oenologists, barmen, sommeliers and great lovers of Armagnac for four days of...

The barrel, a Celtic masterpiece

A heritage

Armagnac would not exist if the barrel had not been invented.  The barrel, known as a pièce [1] in Armagnac, can contain up to 420 litres of eau-de-vie and throughout the eau-de-vie’s ageing, it exchanges some of its attributes, such as aromas and tannins, etc. The barrel is irreplaceable as it exceeds the simple function of being just a container as one might...

Armagnac...a slow drink !

The spirit of Armagnac

Do you know Slow Food? Founded in 1989 by Carlo Petrini, this international organisation has been promoting the consumption of local foods and tourism that respect the environment thanks to a network of associations around the world.  Over the last few years, Slow Food has seen greater enthusiasm and growth than ever before ! It is completely natural and understandable that the...

In the heart of the Armagnac vineyard

The vineyard

The twenty thousand hectares that make up the Armagnac vineyard are a wonderful feature of Gascony that offer lovers of France’s oldest eau-de-vie and walkers wanting to discover the region, a plethora of varied and pleasant walking routes. A land of hospitality and centuries old traditions, Armagnac has developed a quality wine tourism network over recent years with the programme...

Which oak to age Armagnac ?

The savoir-faire 

The oak barrels give each Armagnac a part of their personality, their colour, their sweetness and their aromas.  Gascon oak of course !  However, did you know that there are hundreds of varieties of oak ?  The selection of oak by the cooper is a crucial moment in the future development of Armagnac.    Varieties of oak Coming from the other...

Le Syndicat, the 100% French bar

Portraits

YOU Can you introduce yourself? My name is Sullivan Doh. After having practiced my scales at the Ferrandi school (French school of Gastronomy) where I discovered the pleasures of taste and quality, I was Maître d’Hôtel for 3 years in fine restaurants and I spent some time behind the bar 5 years ago for the creative side of taste combined with the bar atmosphere...

A Gascony of a thousand châteaux

The places

Famous for its rich architectural heritage, Gascony is home to a multitude of châteaux, hence why it has earned the nickname ‘Gascony of a thousand châteaux’. The term « château Gascon » was invented by Philippe Lauzun, writer and founding President of the Gers Archeological society in 1891.  He depicts these fortifications as...

The art of marrying crystal and silverware

A tasting

Though Armagnac delights the palates of after dinner digestive fans, it also knows how to tantalise the tastebuds of gourmets looking for surprising Armagnac and food pairings. Often used to flambé local culinary specialities and to enhance the preparation of the most famous patisserie in the region, the Pastis Gascon, also known as the Croustade, Armagnac can also be enjoyed...

Serpentine [ ˈsɜːpənˌtaɪn ]

The words used in Armagnac

There is nothing quite like the coiled, multicoloured serpentine ribbons that carpet the ground of a carnival or other festivals. In Armagnac however, the serpentine is nothing like a streamer. It is a copper tube that coils around in the right hand side of the alambic, the primary tool for distillation. Firstly, there is the wine that fills the wine heater and then pours over...