The Master, together, with his Lady, were joined by about 20 Distillers and Guests to an Armagnac tasting held at the Scotch Malt Whisky Society in London, a lovely tasting venue where the SMWS are now venturing into the Armagnac market.
Master Riley, together with Past Master David Grant and Edward Bates form our very own ‘Three Musketeers of Armagnac.’
The evening was led by Amanda Garnham of the Bureau National Interprofessionnel de L’Armagnac (BNIC) assisted by Hannah Lanfear an Armagnac and WSET Educator in the UK and Edward Bates who alongside The Master, welcomed the group.
Amanda presented on the background of the Armagnac area, the oldest of the ‘French Brandy’ regions, its challenges, opportunities and diversity along with an outline of the unique production process
Within the Armagnac area, a number of grape varieties are allowed. The most well-known are Ugni Blanc and Baco and to a lesser degree Colombard and Folle Blanche. The group then tasted six fine examples of different Armagnacs from varying areas and grape varieties.
Four of the Blended examples were: –
DOMAIN DE PELLEHAUT AGE DE GLACE
MARQUI DE MONTESQUIOU RESERVE
CHATEAU DE LAUBADE XO (available from SMWS)
DOMAINE DE LAGUILLE 20-years-old
And then two examples of the Armagnac Vintage offering:
CHATEAU DE LACQUY 2001
ARMAGNAC DARROZE 1971
All six examples delivered the flavours and complexity of this lesser known but progressive area of France.
The evening concluded with the sampling of further gastronomic delights of the Gascony Region.
Further information can be obtained from Amanda Garnham (BNIC) firstname.lastname@example.org