~ Armagnac ~
~ 100% Folle Blanche ~
‘Hors d’Âge’ (aging of different armagnacs, the youngest of which is at least 10 years old), but here the youngest of the brandies is more than 12 years old. Distilled in November 2004 and bottled in January 2017.
50 year old vines in biodynamics on a sandy-clay soil (the ‘boulbène’ in Gascogne). Folle Blanche is a grape variety from western France. If it was for two and a half centuries the main grape variety of Cognac and Armagnac, the arrival of phylloxera annihilates these vineyards and the graft makes it more sensitive to diseases. This grape gives yet much finer eaux-de-vie with aromatic nose. The grape juices are fermented in wine with natural yeasts and not sulphited, then quickly distilled with an Armagnac still (continuous column still) which works over a wood fire. Given the lower yields, the wines are richer and once distilled give a living eau-de-vie, fresh and floral. No added sugar or coloring
Amber natural color, we find the aromas of Armagnac with a palette of candied fruits (prune, apricot, orange peel) associated with woody aromas completely melted. Shades on rancio, balance and length.