AR­MAGNAC USES FOUR TYPES OF GRAPES TO GET THE BEST RE­SULT. HERE IS AN EX­PLA­NA­TION OF THE PLANNING THAT GOES INTO PRO­DUC­TION – PER­FECT PICKS:

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BACCO 22A | Bacco, the grape named af­ter the Ro­man God Bac­chus (LINK: https://mytrend­ingsto­ries.com/ar­ti­cle/bac­chus-glitz-up-with-atwist/), is a White grape that was most highly sought af­ter in the early 1900s. And Bacco 22A, is a hy­brid grape, de­rived from Folle Blanche and Noah grapes. This type of grape is not used in Cognac, one of the main dif­fer­ences be­tween Cognac and Ar­magnac.

Taste: Bacco Grapes are known for their fruity, light, very sweet, unique taste (like raisins). These ap­pear, on the vine, as bright green or white grapes and have a sub­tle sharp­ness to their taste when eaten; they are most of­ten picked when they are very young, or slightly un­der ripe.

FOLLE BLANCHE | These are the most tra­di­tional grapes of the Gas­cony Re­gion, and they have, typ­i­cally, been re­placed by Bacco Blanc; how­ever, Folle Blanche grapes are still be­ing used in the pro­duc­tion of Ar­magnac. Folle Blanche grapes grow wildly and quickly, and are very com­mon all over the South­west re­gion of France. There­fore, these grapes are not planted here as of­ten any­more, and other va­ri­eties are picked in ad­di­tion.

Taste: Folle Blanche grapes have a char­ac­ter­is­ti­cally dry, acidic, or slightly bit­ter taste. The citrus fla­vor they con­trib­ute to Ar­magnac is lighter and sharper, like the cit­rusy taste of green ap­ple or a more sour hint, like the zest of lime.

COLOMBARD | The grapes that also go by the name “blan­quette,” are the special kind of grapes that are used in the very first type of Cham­pagne ever made, “Blan­quette de Li­moux.” These grapes are White grapes, and they are very widely used in both Ar­magnac and Cognac.

Taste: Colombard grapes are fruity-sweet, and used for both doux or brut wine and sim­i­lar spir­its. These grapes have a more acidic, tart or hard­hit­ting, bit­ter taste, as op­posed to be­ing sim­ply sweet, as their ap­pear­ance sug­gests. The fruiti­ness of the grapes is more ex­otic, as a re­sult, con­tribut­ing to the full fla­vor of Ar­magnac.

UGNI BLANC | Ugni Blanc grapes are the most com­monly planted grapes, in the South­west Re­gion of France, at present. Used in the pro­duc­tion of Ar­magnac, they are white, un­til they turn a slight, pink­ish­hue, when over ripe. These grapes are small to medium sized, and very juicy, which is why they are among the most com­monly used type of grapes for mak­ing Ar­magnac – That, and the taste.

Taste: Ugni Blanc grapes have a unique blend of fla­vors, like plain, green tea or matcha (with­out the creamy tex­ture), com­bined with a very sub­tle, sweet­ness, rem­i­nis­cent of lemon. The grapes are known for their high acid­ity, and are bolder in fla­vor, as a re­sult.

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