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Armagnac Tasting At Maison Samalens And Armagnac Castarède

Submitted by Tim on February 27, 2011 – 11:29 amNo Comment

Armagnothèque, the French club for the appreciation of Armagnac (the brandy, region and its food), has announced their March event.  It will be a tasting, lunch and afternoon tea on Thursday March 10th, 2011 at 11 am.

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Armagnotheque March 2011 Tasting

The group plans to kick off Spring by tasting and contrasting two fine examples of the regions wares.  The day will start in the company of Pierre Samalens. Founded in 1882, the Maison Samalens is located in deepest Bas-Armagnac and houses the largest distillery in the region with 4 single and 4 pot stills. Its stock of hundred-year old brandies is one of the largest in the world. Of particular interest will be their new Single range; produced using wines made with a single variety of grape, Ugni Blanc. The vinification combines two different methods of distillation (single and double), which aims to obtain a spirit as dry and rich as whisky.  Christophe Piques will prepare lunch on site at Samalens (exact cost to be confirmed).

After lunch the group will make the short journey to Armagnac Castarède. This prestigious enterprise is situated at the 16th century Château de Maniban where the culture, production, distillation and aging of Armagnac continues to this day. Three ‘cépages’ are at the core of their production: Folle Blanche, Colombard, Ugni Blanc, yielding fine Armagnacs that are amongst the smoothest and most complex in the world. At the helm is the dynamic Florence Castarède, combining innovation with the ‘savoir-faire’ of six generations. Florence has very kindly invited Armagnothèque members to a tour, tasting and afternoon tea.
To reserve your spot in this brandy lovers tour, contact Mark at Armagnothèque by clicking here.

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