The sexy little secret of Armagnac

When you think French wine, you probably imagine a fine red. Some might think brandy. Americans are one of the world’s largest Cognac consumers, but a little known secret is its smaller, older brother Armagnac—who recently celebrated a 700-year birthday. Try this excellent digestif and the many different blends of this amber nectar while you meet friendly small batch producers like Maison Delord and Maison Dartigalongue in the legendary heart of Gascony, home of d’Artagnan in Midi-Pyrénées. And this, with a typical French meal of cheese, charcuterie, duck, foie gras, or even the lovely, local tradition, apple croustade.