A new-style Armagnac will be on offer to consumers in France this year.

French regulatory body the Institut National des Appellations d'Origine (INAO) has given the green light to ten producers to make and to sell white Armagnac.

Some 15,000 bottles, which cost EUR20-25 (US$26-32) for 70cl, will be ready for sale from April in wine shops and restaurants. Labelling will be at the producer's discretion but the bottle will be the same for all.

White armagnac differs in colour and taste from traditional, amber coloured armagnac, because it is not aged in barrels.

The Bureau National Interprofessionnel de l'Armagnac (BNIA) aims to roll out white armagnac to supermarkets next year and reach production of up to 50,000 bottles.