Nestled in the south western department of Gers, Chateau du Tariquet lies in the Bas-Armagnac terroir. Here the grapes grow in a lightly mountainous area with the earth stony, acidic and clay-like. The iron quantity is so high in some parts of this country that the soil is red with rust. Chateau du Tariquet grows their Folle Blanche in 25 hectares of vineyard, a small part of their vast estate. Folle Blanche is widely regarded as the finest grape variety in this terroir, yet is produced only by 6% of vineyards in the region. The grape shines through beautifully in this particular Armagnac, with rich fruits, vanilla and cocoa notes at the fore. Chateau du Tariquet maintain tradition at their distillery, using a directly wood-fired Armagnac alembic continuous still. This is an aged stated Armagnac, spending 8 years in oak barrels, before being bottled at a cask strength of 52.2%. A truly magnificent bottling.