Ravignan 2002 Vintage Folle Blanche Bas Armagnac
Castles have graced the property of what is now the Château de Ravignan since the 12th century. In the mid-17th century, a Louis XIII manor was built on the property, which still stands today, surely one of the most striking and elegant properties in Gascony. Vineyards were planted in 1732. Around the same time, the property was sold to Jean La Croix, who later took the name Ravignan, and from whom current owner Josselin de Ravignan is descended.
Today Josselin (with the help of his father and aunt) presides over the estate's 20 hectares of vineyards, located in the Perquie and covered with iron-rich sand (sables fauves) and sand with small pieces of limestone and clay (boulbènes). There they grow Ugni Blanc, Bacco, Colombard and Folle Blanche grapes, which are distilled by the traveling still that arrives at the property each November to distill (at a low temperature) between 15 and 20 barrels of rich Armagnac. Wood comes from both trees grown on the property and the Limousin forest. 10-15 new barrels are made each year by master cooper Gilles Bartholomo at his cooperage in Le Frêche. This new oak ensures good color and tannin dosage. Barrels are aerated once a year and monitored frequently.
This 2002 vintage is 100% Folle Blanche, generally the most prized varietal for Armagnac production, certainly the most difficult and expensive to cultivate. The classic floral high notes of Folle Blanche are present here, but take a back seat to rich toffee sweetness, big bold baking spices, and orange peel. Tingly and long lasting, with a finish that grows for some time after your last sip.