Flashcards in Cognac and Armagnac Deck (21):
Name the six defined regions of production for cognac is descending order of quality are
Grande Champagne, Petite Champagne, Borderies, Fins Bois, Bons Bois, and Bois Ordinaires (Bois à Terroirs).
What does the word champagne mean in cognac?
Champagne” in Cognac does not indicate sparkling wine; rather it is a reflection of the word’s etymological origin—a derivation of the Latin word for “plain”—and a similarity in soil.
How is Cognanc distilled?
Twice in a copper charentais pot still
What is the first distillation of cognac called?
What is the second distillation of cognac called?
What are the ageing requirements for V.S. Coganc?
youngest eau-de-vie is at least 2 years old
What are the ageing requirements for V.S.O.P. Coganc?
youngest eau-de-vie is at least 4 years old
What are the ageing requirements for Napoeon, XO and Hors d'Age Coganc?
youngest eau-de-vie is at least 6 years old
What type of wood is cognac aged in?
Troncais: Sessile, fine grain (timber forest)
Limousin: Pedunculate, wide grain (natural forest)
Where is the Cognac AOC located?
Northeast of the Bordeaux region
Where is the Armagnac region located?
Southeast of Bordeaux
What are the three regions of production in Armagnac?
What are the grapes of Armagnac?
Ugni Blanc, Colombard, Folle Blanche (Picpoul), and Baco Blanc (the only hybrid grape authorized in any French AOC/P appellation). Unlike Cognac, Armagnac is more frequently produced from a blend of varieties than a single grape.
How is Armagnac distilled?
95% of brandy from this region undergoes only one distillation in a copper continuous still.
But can be distilled twice in a copper pot still
What is Blanche Armagnac AOC?
An appellation for a young armagnac bottled after 3 months in an inert cask. It is a clear spirit.
What are the ageing requirements for VS or *** Armagnac?
The spirit has rested in barrel for between 1 and 3 years
What are the ageing requirements for VSOP Armagnac?
The spirit has rested in barrel for between 4 and 9 years
What are the ageing requirements for XO and Hors d'Age Armagnac?
The spirit has rested in barrel for 10+ years
What were the Armagnac ageing requirements prior to 2013?
VS indicated that the youngest eau de vie in the blend was aged for at least 2 years in wood, VSOP indicated at least 5 years, and XO promised at least 6 years of oak aging prior to release. However, the Bureau National Interprofessionel de l'Armagnac (BNIA), which oversees production, has simplified the grading system
What is the minimum ABV for Armagnac?