This is a guest post written by Neil Phillips and participates in today’s Winophiles Twitter chat which is all about Southwest France and the wines from this region! See below for more details!
Armagnac, Cognac, Brandy – what’s in a name?
Southwest France produces two well-known brandies. While Cognac is certainly the more famous, it is Armagnac that speaks to the soul of the Southwest. All Cognac is brandy…but not all French brandy is Cognac! Both Cognac and Armagnac are designated AOP regions, and as such have regulations controlling the permitted grapes, production methods and age designations.