Chateau du Tariquet XO

Review 2017-040 «Specifics» Armagnac • Distilled from 60% Ugni Blanc and 40% Baco • Matured for >15 years in oak barrels • 40% Alcohol • Chill filtered • Natural colour • Chateau du Tariquet • Eauze • Gets • France • Widely available • Price €27-55

STORY. The Artaud family, which turned later into the Grassa family by marriage, has owned the Tariquet estate already for a long time. They started producing armagnac, but in 1982 they decided to add white wine to their portfolio. Stubbornly they were using mixtures of grapes varieties that were not supposed to belong together. Moreover, this region was not particularly known for producing white wines. However, they succeeded, won many prices and are now one of leading white wine sellers in France. All the time they kept producing small amounts of armagnac. Also here, they have tried to follow their own rules.

TASTING NOTES

APPEARANCE. Modern and clear design, colour of the contents appears like copper and is natural coloured.

NOSE. Good morning baker! The scent of freshly baked bread, fresh dough, short crust pastry and croissants welcomes you when you stick your nose into the glass. The bakery is accompanied by the fruitiness of white grapes along with some burned sugar. (water) Floral notes (geranium) are added now, with lots of spices including cinnamon and ginger. Probably also some plums.

TASTE. Wood spices and white grapes. Initial notes of varnish, which quickly disappear. Somewhat drying. Notes of apple cider, pear liquor, together with coffee and milk chocolate. (water) Brings some acidity, citrus fruits, grapefruit juice and sour plums. Then more spicy notes are coming back.

VERDICT. A good armagnac, which appears younger than its 15 years, but it got its own charm. Spicy, light, and more towards white wine, which is probably a present feature of Tariquet. I think the Grassa family has succeeded to develop their own style of armagnac and I will be tasting more form their range.

Recommended for the ones that particular like spicy Highland single malts (Clynelish, Glen Garioch) or lightly sherried Speysiders.

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MY SCORE
Nose
84.5 %
Taste
82.5 %
Balance
83.5 %
Depth
82.5 %
Price
85 %