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Armagnac and its brandy

Financial Times - By Harry Eyres - August 1 2009 - 01 August 2009

t is 40 minutes drive from Castex, in the heart of the Bas-Armagnac sub-region, to Château du Busca-Maniban near Condom. Busca-Maniban is a magnificent Louis XIV château perched on a steep ridge. Here, Floriane de Ferron, another of Armagnac’s indomitable woman producers, makes a splendidly forthright and vigorous brandy.

This sub-region of Ténarèze has heavier, clayed soil than sandy Bas-Armagnac and tends to produce even bigger, earthier brandies. But there is nothing clumsy about the Busca-Maniban Armagnacs. The 1974 vintage combines the “rancio” notes of mature Armagnac and delicate floral aromas on the nose. It is very rounded and sweet on the palate. De Ferron knows her Armagnacs are good but, she says, “they are not enough to keep the estate going”; her current concerns are sunflowers and wheat – mixed farming is the norm here.

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