Armagnac is obtained by the distillation of dry white wine. Afterwards, the resulting brandy is aged in oak barrels, which gives it the brown-golden color and reveals the aromas. Located 150 km south of Bordeaux, Armagnac can be divided into three geographical denominations: Bas-armagnac, armagnac-ténarèze and haut-armagnac. There are different types of armagnac defined according to the minimum aging time under wood :
- The "VS" (Very Special or 3 stars): 1 year minimum
- VSOP (Very Superior Old Pale): 4 years minimum
- The "Napoleon" or "XO" (Extra Old): 6 years minimum
- The "hors d'age": 10 years minimum
- The "XO Premium": more than 20 years
The vintage armagnac comes from a single harvest, the vintage is then necessarily displayed on the bottle of old Armagnac.