The time of aging
Once the eau-de-vie has sprung from the still, the long process of aging begins, this time which is also nicely called aging. But before the wooding of the white alcohol begins, the cellar master has done some preparatory work, that of choosing his barrels, that of choosing his cooper. This is anything but anecdotal. The Armagnacais works with French oak and, more and more often, with Gascon oak. Some go even further: they deliver oak trees from their own property to their cooper. Trees planted by the grandfather or the great-grandfather, with whom they played as children. We are there, beyond the symbol, in a desire to favor the terroir, even in the choice of wood grown on site. As for the coopers, each Armagnacais has his own preference and does not hesitate to obtain supplies from several cask creators.