Tariquet Bas-Armagnac XO
Tariquet // Bas-Armagnac, France
The grapes used in the production of Tariquet Armagnacs are all estate-grown. In this case, 60% of the grapes used were ugni blanc with the remaining 40% comprised of baco. After fermentation, the wine is then distilled in a wood-fueled alembic still, the ugni blanc wine fermented and distilled separately from the baco. Though the minimum age for XO is 10 years as of April 2018, the youngest Armagnac in this bottling is 15 years old.
ArmagnacBrandy distilled in a delimited region within France from specified grapes . Typically, only single-distilled, but not required. Aged in oak. Minimum aging: if VS-1 year (2 years, if exported), VSOP-5 years, XO-10 years (as of April 2018. Previously 6 years), Hors d’Age-10 years.
Cask TypeFrench oak
"There's still a little dried fruit lurking on the aroma, but the wood and spice notes take over with that same hint of licorice found in the VSOP bottling. The Armagnac has a medium-rich body and the brandy has enough of a sweetness to carry you to through the mid-palate, but doesn't take over and hide the other characters in the brandy. The woody flavors come through at the end creating a dry, but not abrupt, finish."