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SEMPE

SEMPE
VSOP Armagnac

Category: VSOP Armagnac

Date Tasted:
Country: France
Alcohol: 40%
90 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$54.99

SEMPE
VSOP Armagnac

Category: VSOP Armagnac

Date Tasted:
Country: France
Alcohol: 40%
Brilliant amber color. Bright, spicy, nutty fruity aromas and flavors of toasted raisin nut bread, chocolate nuts, sassafras, and yeasty pastry dough with an even, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-long spiced nuts, creme brulee, mocha, and cedar finish. A smooth, satisfying and well balanced VSOP Armagnac that will make a fine introduction to the category.
Tasting Info
Spirits Glass Style: Fruity, spicy & rich
Aroma Aroma: toasted raisin nut bread, chocolate nuts, sassafras, and yeasty pastry dough
Taste Flavor: spiced nuts, creme brulee, mocha, and cedar
Smoothness Smoothness: Warming
Enjoy Enjoy: neat, on the rocks and in cocktails
Cocktail Cocktails: Vieux Carré, Champs-Élysées, Champs-Élysées
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A smooth, satisfying and well balanced VSOP Armagnac that will make a fine introduction to the category.
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
Spirits Glass Snifter Brandy.jpg
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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