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Armagnac

(ärmänyäk`), region and former county, SW France, in GasconyGascony
, Fr. Gascogne, region of SW France. It is now coextensive with the departments of Landes, Gers, and Hautes-Pyrénées and parts of Pyrénées-Atlantiques, Lot-et-Garonne, Tarn-et-Garonne, Haute-Garonne, Gironde, and Ariège.
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, roughly coextensive with Gers dept. AuchAuch
, town (1990 pop. 24,728), capital of Gers dept., SW France, in Gascony, on the Gers River. It is a farm market and commercial center with a variety of manufactures and an important trade in Armagnac brandy, poultry, wine, and grain.
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 is the chief town. Armagnac is famous for the brandy bearing the same name. The counts of Armagnac originated in the 10th cent. as vassals of the dukes of Gascony. Their power reached its height with Count Bernard VII, who dominated France in the early 15th cent. Margaret of Angoulême, sister of Francis I of France, married the last count of Armagnac, who died without issue. Armagnac eventually passed to her second husband, Henri d'Albret, king of Navarre, whose grandson became King Henry IV. Henry added Armagnac to the royal domain in 1607.
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The international brandy category (Cognac, as well as Armagnac, are regional French brandies made under specific conditions) continues to do well, say experts, due to a variety of influences: the high advertising profile of the four major Cognac brands and their domination of the luxury category, the relative smoothness and mellowness of brandies compared to, say, straight whiskies and Scotches; brandy's mixability, the growing connection with the urban markets in general and African-Americans in Particular, and the occasional appearance in the pop culture scene of leading brands (A major rap hit earlier this year, "Pass the Courvoisier," is said to have helped drive that brand's sales.
Canadian Whiskies, Seagram's 7 Crown Blended Whiskey, Four Roses Bourbon, Seagram's Extra Dry Gin, Martell Cognacs, Janneau Armagnacs, Mumm and Perrier-Jout Champagnes, Sandeman Ports and Sherries, Sterling Vineyards and Barton & Guestier Wines.
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