A marvellously bright and rich eau-de-vie from Domaine d’Arton, which lies in the Gers region of south-west France. This is part of the Haut-Armagnac terroir region, also known as “White Armagnac” due to the plentiful limestone and chalky clay in the soil. Chateau Arton picked up a gold medal in the 2015 Agricultural Show in Paris for the outstanding quality of their White Armagnac. Distilled in 2001 from a blend of grapes, this has been aged in oak barrels, releasing succulent flavours of prunes, vanilla, dried fruits, ripe pears and spices. Bottled at 45%, it should be noted that Armagnac is often distilled to only about 52%, and therefore regularly bottled without dilution. This is an exemplary illustration of how good vintage Armagnac can be, establishing it as a clear “malternative” for whisky drinkers! A fantastic bottling of probably the world’s most underrated spirit.