Armagnac that's clearly different

04 May, 2007

A clear Armagnac has made its debut on the spirits market after been given the go-ahead by French authorities.

La Blanche can only be made from four specific grape varieties - Folle Blanche, Ugni Blanc, Colombard and Baco Blanc - although producers can use a single variety. It is the first AOC eaux-de-vie to impose strict rules from the vine through to the finished product.

Producers expect to release 10,000 bottles of La Blanche . Although the bottle shape and label graphics will not have to conform to specific requirements, the BNIA, generic body for Armagnac, will be advising producers on technical presentation.

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