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Chateau de Maniban

Chateau de Maniban
Bas Armagnac VSOP

Category: VSOP Armagnac

Date Tasted:
Country: France
Alcohol: 40%
90 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$60.00

Chateau de Maniban
Bas Armagnac VSOP

Category: VSOP Armagnac

Date Tasted:
Country: France
Alcohol: 40%
Amber color. Aromas and flavors of caramelized figs, citrus and dates, roasted nuts, dried tobacco, and pencil shaving with a supple, soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, complex, long toffee, raisin cake a la mode, mocha cream, and delicate spices finish. An excellent, supple and balanced Armagnac.
Tasting Info
Spirits Glass Style: Complex & Spicy
Aroma Aroma: caramelized figs, citrus and dates, roasted nuts, dried tobacco, and pencil shaving
Taste Flavor: toffee, raisin cake a la mode, mocha cream, and delicate spices
Smoothness Smoothness: Warming
Enjoy Enjoy: on the rocks, with cigars, neat and in cocktails
Cocktail Cocktails: Vieux Carré, French 75, Champs-Élysées
Bottom Line Bottom Line: An excellent, supple and balanced Armagnac.
The Importer

Biagio Cru

The Importer
73 Powerhouse Rd
Roslyn Heights, NY 11577
USA
1 516-299-4344
VSOP Armagnac
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Armagnac is the oldest type of Brandy in France, with documented references to distillation dating back to the early 15th century. The Armagnac region is located in the heart of the ancient province of Gascony in the southwest corner of France. As in Cognac, there are regional growing zones: Bas-Armagnac, Haut Armagnac, and Tenareze. The primary grapes used in making Armagnac are likewise the Ugni Blanc, Folle Blanche, and Colombard. But distillation takes place in the unique alambic Armagnacais, a type of column still that is even more "inefficient" than a typical Cognac pot still.

The resulting brandy has a rustic, assertive character and aroma that requires additional cask aging to mellow it out. The best Armagnacs are aged in casks made from the local Monlezun oak. In recent years Limousin and Troncais oak casks have been added to the mix of casks as suitable Monlezun oak becomes harder to find.

Most Armagnacs are blends, but unlike Cognac, single vintages and single vineyard bottlings can be found. The categories of Armagnac are generally the same as those of Cognac (V.S., V.S.O.P., X.O., etc.). Blended Armagnacs frequently have a greater percentage of older vintages in their mix than comparable Cognacs, making them a better value for the discerning buyer.
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