Armagnac, that underappreciated and fiery Gascon brandy, has a long history.
But unlike Cognac, regulations in Armagnac permit producers to declare and age a so-called vintage-dated Armagnac.
In selecting an Armagnac, here are some useful tips about how to read the label, so that you know what you are buying.
And like Cognac once again, Armagnac requires ageing in oak barrels, but not just any oak barrel.
The dark, almost black oak trees from the ancient Monlezun forest in the Armagnac region are obligatory for any serious Armagnac.
They regarded every rich man as an Armagnac, for that was a good plea on which to plunder him; and thus passed the winter of 1417.
His very party go, not by the name of Orleans, but by the name of Armagnac.
They summoned the peasantry to bind on the white cross of Armagnac; he who refused lost arm, leg, or life itself, on the spot.
Savage though he was, Armagnac was a Frenchman, and a great captain.
Armagnac and Brun were waving their hats wildly, and even the Doctor's enemies roared applause at this unexpected defiance.