Chateau Les Charmettes
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... we were now well adversed in the area, its food and its fine selection of wine, Floc and Armagnac. We had learned so much in such a short time and we had barely scratched the surface of this fascinating region.
I feel many of us will return to taste these flavours again and to dig deeper into this wonderful area.
Hats off to both Marie and Amanda for arranging and guiding us all through a great adventure.
... in 1984. They switched from milk production to spend all their time on their vines and wines. New plots were planted with Colombard, Cabernet-Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc and then Gros and Petit Manseng.
Michel then took us through a tasting of his wines, Floc and Armagnac.
1. Planeta 2012
A blend dominant in Petit Marsang with Ugni blanc and Colombard making up the other varietals. The wine is aged in Burgundian oak for ...
... Vida Kékfrankos Selection (missed the vintage!)
13. Château Saint-Eugène Pessac-Léognan 2011
14. Le P'tit Spencer 2013 Corbières
15. Jean-Luc Colomobo Cornas Les Ruchets 2010
Well, that was quite a set of tastings with some blindingly good wines!
The Cassoulet was also absolutely amazing with a great richness and consistency.
Whist we were imbibing this incredible list of beverages the volume was rising and the entire dining ...
... also taught us how we should have been tasting. Take the glass with the bowl in the hand to warm the glass and the spirit for a while (particularly the first tasting in a cold glass). Put this behind your back and forget about it until it warms. Only then will the Armagnac have come alive and be able to provide the true expressions you can savour. There was a moment of terror when Sue put the glass to her nose too early and ...
All good things come in threes and the last of the visits for Friday was Domaine du Tariquet which takes things to a whole new level of production (and I thought Domaine de Pelllehaut was impressive). Here we were at a large but still family ran producer of both wine and Armagnac.
The story of the pioneers of this place was not told to us but having just read this on their site it has to be told! Towards the end of the 19th century Artaud from ...