As fans of Cognac and Armagnac will testify, bottlings with a clear age statement (as opposed to the letter grade labels) are few and far between. This is one such bottling, an incredible 12 year old bottled by the inimitable Chateau du Tariquet. Based in the Gers department, just outside of the town of Eauze, the Chateau is one of the largest wine and spirits producers in the region. That said, of their sprawling estate, just 25 hectares are dedicated to the growing of Folle Blanche, a grape renowned both for its marvellous flavour and notorious difficulty to cultivate. It is this grape that Chateau du Tariquet use to create their age statement Armagnacs, such as this bottle. The resulting flavour of the Armagnac is testament to the quality of the grape: an intense, vanilla-led nose gives way to a rich and complex palate, with highlights of fresh French oak, and succulent grapes. The finish is nutty and lingering. The flavours of this Armagnac are boosted by its cask strength of 48.5%. A spirit of unrelenting class.