Tucked in the south west corner of France is the department of Gers, which lies at the heart of Armagnac country. Nearby is found the ruins of Gascon castle, a 15th century fortress, which neighbours the Chateau de Pomes Peberere estate. The small vineyard, of around 100 acres, is packed with flavoursome Ugni-Blanc and Colombard grapes (they also use some local varieties such as the Gros-Manseng), and sits atop a plateau. The vineyard is very serendipitously placed, receiving lots of sunlight and benefitting from soil rich in limestone and clay. Making this Armagnac is a family affair, with the Faget family having farmed the land since 1820.
In the Chateau’s cellars lie rows upon rows of maturing 400 litre French oak casks, some of these have been held for several decades. This bottling is an excellent example of this, having been matured for over 40 years. The long maturation has given the spirit a fabulous depth of flavour, with dense, chewy woodnotes the perfect accompaniment to the spirit’s inherent fruity grape. Simply luxurious, this is a genuinely delicious Armagnac.