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The Lands and Soils
Armagnac is a defined Controlled Appellation of Origin (AOC), with three production areas.
The vineyards of Armagnac, in the heart of Gascony, extend throughout almost all of the Gers Departement, as well as partially into those of the Landes and the Lot-et-Garonne.
The Bas-Armagnac (lower) or black Armagnac area extends over what is known in Gascony as the light boulbènes (a very fine silty soil) and the so-called fawn sands. The spirits from this area are reputed for their enormous subtlety.
Haut-Armagnac (High) or white Armagnac is predominantly, calcareous soil for growing grapes, with the exception of the meridian sector, where, once again the silica-clay boulbènes are found. The distilled white wines produce very rare spirits, (less than 2 % of the global Armagnac production), with a delicate and fruity, aroma.
Ténarèze is located in the heart of the appellation zone. It is a transitional land, where the vine is cultivated predominantly on chalky-clay soil. The spirits produced in this area, tend to be generous and powerful.