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 6 years, 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."