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Clos Martin

Clos Martin
VSOP Armagnac

Category: VSOP Armagnac

Date Tasted:
Country: France
Alcohol: 40%
88 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$39.99

Clos Martin
VSOP Armagnac

Category: VSOP Armagnac

Date Tasted:
Country: France
Alcohol: 40%
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of caramelized nuts, roasted fruits, and frosted raisin scone with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length tropical fruit in sweet cream, sweet and peppery spices, and milk chocolate finish. A smooth, silky Armagnac sipper.
Tasting Info
Spirits Glass Style: Mild & Fruity
Aroma Aroma: caramelized nuts, roasted fruits, and frosted raisin scone
Taste Flavor: tropical fruit in sweet cream, sweet and peppery spices, and milk chocolate
Smoothness Smoothness: Smooth
Finish Finish: Normal
Enjoy Enjoy: neat and on the rocks
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A smooth, silky Armagnac sipper.
The Producer or Importer

Niche Import Co.

The Producer or  Importer
45 Horsehill Road, Suite 106A
Cedar Knolls, NJ 07927
USA
1 973-993-8450
VSOP Armagnac
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Serve in a Snifter
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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