3. The distillation of Armagnac, instructions for use

Photo du chai du château de lacquy

Armagnac and oak

L'armagnac, spiritueux réputé, tire son caractère unique du chêne, présent en abondance dans la région d'Armagnac. Les cinq principales variétés de chênes, dont le pédonculé et le sessile, utilisées en tonnellerie, apportent des arômes distincts à l'eau-de-vie vieillie en fût. Le cycle de vie de l'armagnac est complété par le chêne-liège, utilisé pour les bouchons.

L'histoire de l'alambic

The history of the still

Discover the still, a heritage from Persian Antiquity, well before the Arab era. Initially used for the distillation of perfumes and medicines, it has evolved over the centuries. Follow its journey across the Mediterranean rim, where it was adopted by the Egyptians and Greeks, then improved in Italy and southern France. At Château de Lacquy, a still from 1939 perpetuates this centuries-old tradition. Immerse yourself in this fascinating story and discover how this invention revolutionized distilling.

Photo de bouteilles d'armagnac du château de lacquy

The evolution of the aging of eau-de-vie

This article relates the evolution of Armagnac. Storage in oak barrels improves quality, leading to the adoption of aging in wood. Bottling around 1750 marks a turning point. Distillation technology is evolving from a batch to a continuous process. Menier built the first continuous jet still in 1767, followed by other innovations. In 1818, Jacques Tuillière filed the patent for a model of column still adapted to the region. These centuries-old techniques still influence our appreciation of Armagnac.

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