| Armagnac is the
oldest brandy known in France. The first evidence of its production,
consumption and marketing dates from between 1411 and 1441. By 1461
it had become a common product in the market of Saint-Sever in the
Armagnac was used for its therapeutic properties. It is only in
the 16th century that references to the brandies of Gascony become
the 17th century, it was the Dutch who bought all the wines on the
Atlantic coast of France, except for those of Bordeaux which were
reserved for the English.
the Armagnac region the Dutch bought vast quantities of alcohol,
to supply the markets of Northern Europe.
1730 the brandy was being put to age in the wooden barrels known
since the time of the Gauls. It is this ageing in barrels which
provides the colour, the fullness and the best bouquets.
In the second half of the 19th century certain wine merchants set
out to build up a reputation for Armagnac. They succeeded in developing
a quality of brandy destined to ensure the long life of their Armagnac.
the Second World War, Armagnac began to be sold in bottles to satisfy
consumer demand; the market for Armagnac became international and
today exports account for 55% of sales.
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