Armagnac is the oldest brandy produced in the Armagnac region in Gascony, southwest of France. It is distilled from wine usually made from a blend of grapes inclusing Baco 22A, Colombard, Folle Blance and Ugni Blanc. The overall production volume is far smaller than cognac, with 15,000 hectares of grape-producing vines. The region is split into 3 zones:

  • Bas-Armagnac (~62% of production)
  • Armagnac-Tenereze (~37%)
  • Haut-Armagnac (tiny production about 1% of all Armagnac)

Armagnac is distilled once, while double distillation is practised in Cognac. The result is a more fragrant and flavorful spirit than cognac, with alcohol content between 52% and 60%.