Armagnac NV J. Dupeyron
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Armagnac is France's oldest and most prestigious wine-based eau-de-vie. In the 16th century, it was sold over the counter in pharmacies as a "medicine". Armagnac began to be aged in oak barrels in the 17th century. Nowadays, the Armagnac region can be divided into three production areas: Bas-Armagnac, Ténarèze and Haut-Armagnac. Unlike Cognac, Armagnac is comprised of a broad palette of grape varieties, each very different, allowing for a very particular aromatic balance: Bacco adds to the wine's structure and lends it full-bodied, rich and dense aromas that require long ageing processes to fully express their roundness, smoothness and length on the palate. Folle Blanche, on the other hand, provides freshness and fruitiness in the first years of ageing. Ugni Blanc, ideal for distilling, as well as Colombard, are the final names on the region's list of most common grape varieties. When aged for 15 years or more, Armagnac displays flavours of hazelnut, orange peel, cocoa, and prunes combined with aromas of rose, verbena, leather, vanilla and even cinnamon. These Armagnacs are very dense and rounded and fully express their soil. After 25 years, Armagnacs lose their potency and mellow. Their original character gives way to oak barrel fragrances and their length on the palate becomes truly remarkable.
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Joseph Dupeyron, a distillery based in the heart of Gascony, founded the family business Ryst-Dupeyron in 1905, to conserve his refined elixirs distilled from Wine from Colombard, Folle Blanche, and Ugni Blanc. Passing down his savoir-faire through the five family generations, today his great-grandchildren conserve his passion, running the family company.
L’hotel de Cugnac and its “Paradise”
The location of the head office of Ryst-Dupeyron Armagnac is in Condom, in the department in the southwest of France. An 18th Century classic, stone built an impressive building with its 100-year-old cellars only just a few meters away, and it's vaulted stone galleries which house the 400 liter Gascon oak casks where its reputed eaux-de-vie sleeps for the duration of its long aging. Aromas of prunes and vanilla fill the air in this mysterious maze of different cellars, capturing the senses of each visitor as they discover Armagnac.
Observe the ’paradise’ where they stored the oldest vintages of over 40 years. Jacques-Francois Ryst and his cellar master watch over these Armagnacs on a daily basis. Once the cellar master decides that the aging is sufficient, selections are then made, creating thanks to the different origins and different ages the most harmonious blends of Armagnacs. This task is a long one that involves extensive tasting of the different Armagnacs.