Chateau de Pomes Peberere are a small scale distillery and wine-producer in the south-western French area of Gers. Since 1820, the Faget family have tended this ancient vineyard, which is planted on a west-facing sun-drenched plateau surrounding the 15th century Gascon castle. The soil here is rocky and rich with iron and limestone, perfect for producing a flavoursome Armagnac grape. Here the Domaine grows its Ugni-Blanc and Colombard grapes, both excellent choices for Armagnac production. Unlike many other spirit makers in the region, Chateau de Pomes Peberere maintain a permeant distillery, though they only use it for few weeks each year.
The Domaine is also renown for its top-quality, single-year vintage releases, which have matured in the depths of the Chateau’s cellars in 400 litre French oak casks. This particular bottling is no exception. A rich and complex spirit, the extraordinary age of which has granted superb balance. On the nose a perfumed prune note greets the drinker, before a chewy, oaky palate takes hold. The finish is long and satisfying, with woodnote flavours accompanied by a sweet grape note.
While I am not a armagnac connoisseur, I do know my way around some bourbon, and this pour exemplifies what people forgot why they were chasing dusty bourbon for in the first place; it offers a truly complex character at an affordable price. It is so dense with an incredible nose and palate. I found myself detecting honey and nutmeg right off the bat, then it eased into dark fruits and wood, then turns the corner again and finally crashed into chocolate, hazelnut, and jam. This finish persisted for easily over 10 minutes. I am so glad I took a leap of faith and bought the Chateau de Pomes Peberere 1966 Armagnac. It has gotten better with time exposed to air.