Chateau Arton Fine Blanche Armagnac
GRAPES: Ugni Blanc and Colombard
DISTILLATION: Armagnacais Still to 59% ABV
And he's got a point – Arton is located in the Haut-Armagnac region, which has a minuscule 68 hectares of vines out of the 5500+ total hectares of vines planted for Armagnac production. Over half of those 68 hectares of vines grow on the Arton estate. The soil here is composed of lightly-colored marly limestone with fine, siliceous clay-laden soil. There's something about this soil, this terroir, that leads to the creation of Armagnac that seems to mature more quickly than in other regions.
This unaged spirit is all about the quality and characteristic of the distillate, with no oak to hide behind. Think mezcal or unaged rum more than brandy – one could argue that there truly is a sense of terroir in this bottle. Extremely aromatic, this spirit is floral and bright with notes of grape leaves, lavender, rosehips, and honeysuckle.