Based around the ancient Gascon castle, the Faget family have farmed the land of Chateau de Pomes Peberere since 1820. The vineyard, of Ugni-Blanc and Colombard grapes, is planted on a west-facing table-top of land, ensuring sustained high sunlight – perfect for ripening grapes. The soil itself is also ideal for the production of Armagnac, rich in limestone, clay and iron. These are flavour-giving nutrients, meaning the eventual spirit is replete with grape notes.
The distillery is only run for a few weeks of every year, about 40 days after harvest; nevertheless, the Domaine has an enviable stock of ancient vintages. Maturation is a slow process, occurring in the Chateau’s wine cellars, in large 400 litre French oak casks. This 1968 bottling is testament to this, packed with notes of toasted oak, rich prunes, leather and wood spice. A luxurious spirit with a fantastic provenance.