Thursday, September 1, 2011
Bas-Armagnac XO Domaine du Tariquet
DOMAINE du Tariquet - France's largest family-owned estate - sent me a selection of wines including this excellent Bas-Armagnac that I enjoyed on the rocks this summer.
The youngest of the brandies in the Bas-Armagnac XO was aged in oak barrels for at least 15 years. It's made from Baco 40% and Ugni Blanc 60%.
What it's like:
An intense bouquet, steeped with the aromas of freshly baked bread, toast and underlying candied fruit. Fresh, supple and well-rounded on the palate, revealing a subtle union of vanilla oak and fruit. Good length, with the aromas of dried fruit and toast on the finish.
I also enjoyed their Ugni Blanc & Colombard white Classic (floral, citrus and tropical fruit aromas), minerally Sauvignon Blanc and rich Chardonnay.