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Bas-Armagnac, Château du Tariquet VSOP
Brandy from France
An amber-coloured seven-year-old Armagnac from Gascony, with a bouquet of prunes and freshly baked bread. Smooth and well rounded with a fine oak-and-vanilla finish, this is a brandy that does the region proud.
Price: £28.50 Bottle
Price: £171.00 Case of 6
- 40% Alcohol
- No oak influence
- Stopper cork, ie sherry
Les Domaines Grassa
The brilliant and innovative Yves Grassa has been at the forefront of modernising his family business which was founded in 1912. It was his father Pierre, originally from Spain, who laid the foundations for what is now the largest independent viticultural estate in France, with over 1000 hectares. Yves’ stroke of genius was to make table wine from grapes destined for distillation into Armagnac when sales of the latter had fallen, taking advantage of new vin de pays provisions to introduce a host of popular new grape varieties including chardonnay, sauvignon and semillon.
At their property, Château du Tariquet, Grassa specialise in whistle-clean, aromatic and fruity whites and rosés, designed to be drunk young. The Society first bought Côtes de Gascogne from Grassa in the early 1980s and was one of the first to ship this wine to the UK. It has since become a perennial own-label favourite with members as an all-round party wine for any occasion. The more recent Voil’à, range, with screwcap closures and lower alcohol levels, are perfect picnic wines.
Of course, the Grassas have not abandoned making Armagnac at all and produce a selection of distillations that do the region proud at all levels, including aged examples that are perfect gifts for birthdays.
More recently Yves has given charge of the French business over to his sons Rémi and Armin and is working on creating a new vineyard in Romania. That too could be something to watch!
Off Licence News
Chateau du Tariquet Bas-Armagnac VSOP has won a listing with The Wine Society. It already sells four wines and sources two exclusives from Tariquet owner the Grassa family.
Flawless Gascon gold.
<p>This caramelly Armagngac is seven years old and has a delicate bouquet of prunes and freshly baked bread. Expect a smooth well-rounded drop with a fine oak-vanilla finish.</p><p>In...<p>This caramelly Armagngac is seven years old and has a delicate bouquet of prunes and freshly baked bread. Expect a smooth well-rounded drop with a fine oak-vanilla finish.</p><p>In terms of pure drinkability, the dulcet tones of Château du Tariquet VSOP are hard to beat. </p>
The best brandy tobuy form £27: This amber-coloured brandy begins with a wonderful whiff ofprunes and spices, followed by rich, mellow flavours of caramel, fruit andwood, and oodles of vanilla and...The best brandy tobuy form £27: This amber-coloured brandy begins with a wonderful whiff ofprunes and spices, followed by rich, mellow flavours of caramel, fruit andwood, and oodles of vanilla and oak in the moreish finish. Founded by SpaniardPierre Grassa over 100 years ago, Tariquet is now the largest independentviticultural estate in France, and run by his grandsons Rémi and Armin.Although this isn’t the oldest Armagnac on the block, it’s a real winner at avery reasonable price – and as well as making a very agreeable after-dinnerdrink, it also goes a treat with pâtés and cured meats.