The VSOP is smooth, round, and powerful. The color of the Bas-Armagnacs comes uniquely from the aging in barrels. The naturally light tint is due to the alchemy between the delicately toasted oak and the eau-de-vie, thus truly respecting their natural color. The very fruity aromas are supported by mellow notes of wood. The finish is beautifully long in the mouth with a lingering hint of macerated stone fruits.
60% Ugni Blanc, 40% Baco. Since 1912 Chateau du Tariquet has been home to the Grassa family, featuring a water treatment facility and the recycling and reusing of all materials. They first gained notoriety for Helene and Pierre Grassa's Armagnac, which is still produced today. In the 1980's their children, Maate and Yves, broke all the rules by producing their first still wines, a blend of Ugni Blanc and Colombard. A few years later, they heavily planted and created nontraditional blends such as Sauvignon-Chardonnay and Chenin-Chardonnay and word of mouth was how the Tariquet taste and fashion was born! At Chateau du Tariquet, their Bas-Armagnacs are made exclusively from the grapes harvested from the family estate's vineyards. The distillation takes place in an authentic, wood-fixed armagnac alambic using the traditional, continuous-distillation process. Their hundred-year-old cellars quietly safeguard their barrels or "pieces," as they are called. Each variety and each vintage are distilled and aged separately for the first years. Then, the blending of their "pieces," a true savoir-faire at the heart of the identity and style of their Bas-Armagnacs, will finalize a long period of aging and a meticulous selection. At Chateau du Tariquet, they prefer to use barrels with a light toasting made from the French timber forests renowned for their fine grain. Displayed on the front label is Tariquet's philosophy on armagnacs (in French and translated here): Armagnac is the purpose of Tariquet, a lasting image of past centuries, of all those seasons in which the men have striven to capture the "spirit of the yellow gold." These are alliances whose secret belongs to the Tariquet masters, resulting in the creation of the chateau's famous armagnacs.