A cracking bottle of Armagnac from Domaine Boingnères.
This distillery has been producing spirit since 1807, and has 6 generations of know-how behind it.
The distillery has a tiny vineyard of just over 50 acres, with 20 used to grow Colombard and Ugni-Blanc grapes, and the remaining 30 used for Folle Blanche, a notoriously difficult to cultivate, yet incredibly flavoursome, grape.
Domaine Boingnère uses traditional continuous stills that look something alike pot stills, as they have 6 large plates inside. The Domaine distills to a low proof, around 52%, meaning that no dilution is required before maturation. This produces a more intense and flavoursome spirit.
This particularly bottling is a rich and delicious Bas Armagnac offering, packed with wonderfully fruity toffee flavours, and notes of fresh grape, dark oak, green apple, pressed flowers and tropical fruits. Bottled at 48% ABV and without chill filtration, this only enhances the flavours of this dram.
The stills run 24 hours a day during their 20 day distilling season, but nevertheless, they only fill around 40 barrels a year, meaning that every bottle is something of a elusive product. A farm-distillery, the barrels mature in a barn on their grounds.
A top quality release from one of the best Armagnac producers around, this bottling is a testament to the careful craft of Domaine Boingnères.