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Spotlight, Guest Post & Giveaway: Flambé in Armagnac by Jean-Pierre Alaux and Noël Balen

on August 22, 2015

the discerning reader

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•Release date: August 6, 2015 at Le French Book
•140 pages
•ISBN: 978-1939474414

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SYNOPSIS

A small town holds fiercely onto its secrets.
In the heart of Gascony, a fire ravages the warehouse of one of Armagnacís top estates, killing the master distiller. Wine expert Benjamin Cooker is called in to estimate the value of the losses. But Cooker and his assistant Virgile want to know more. How did the old alembic explode? Was it really an accident? Why is the estate owner Baron de Castayrac penniless? How legal are his dealings? The deeper the Winemaker Detective digs, the more suspicious characters he uncovers. There is more than one disgruntled inhabitant in this small town. As we witness the time-honored process of Armagnac distillation and the day-to-day activities of the hunt, the market place, and the struggle for power and duck confit, we get a glimpse of the traditions…

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