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A beautiful Bas-Armagnac aged beyond years with a fruity palate.
Grapes had been growing in the fields of Tariquet for hundreds of years. The region was decimated by the epic Phylloxera blight, but a few hectares of viable vines had survived the disease. Jean-Poerre Artaud and his father purchased the estate in 1912. The family ran the château — planting and tending the vines through two world wars. For decades they sold their grapes on the wholesale market and bottled a portion into Wines and Armagnacs for themselves, family, and friends. In 1972 they formalized their family business into a company for the production of estate Bas-Armagnac.
If Domaine Tariquet Bas-Armagnac XO were a Cognac it would be designated "Hors d’âge" — beyond age. The youngest Spirit in the bottle has aged fifteen years in oak which is far more than is required for the XO designation. Domaine Tariquet Bas-Armagnac XO sits at the top of the Château’s lineup. The Spirit is made from 60% Ugni Blanc and 40% Baco grapes — all estate grown on-site. The delicate combination delivers a supple palate and bracing aroma of baked bread.
Bas-Armagnac is one of the three regions in France where Armagnac can be legally produced. The other two are Armagnac-Ténarèze and Haut-Armagnac.
Appearance / Color
Nose / Aroma / Smell
The bouquet is lively and intense with notes of freshly baked bread, warm weather florals, and dried fruit.
Flavor / Taste / Palate
The palate has great depth and a velvety mouth-feel with stewed fruits, fresh plum, currants, clove, dried ginger, some pecan, and a dash of orange zest.
The finish is pleasantly long with lingering notes of dark chocolate, dried cherry, and apricot.
The Flavor Spiral™ shows the most common flavors that you'll taste in Domaine Tariquet Bas-Armagnac XO and gives you a chance to have a taste of it before actually tasting it.
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