Folle Blanche is the historic variety of Armagnac which once dominated the vineyards before their destruction by phylloxera in 1878; it was then called the “piquepoult”. Today, a few small vineyards remain, but its cultivation is very difficult.
– The appearance reveals a very lovely amber hue with sparkling gold highlights.
– The nose is very subtle associating prune aromas with a light but intense rancio, and a spicy finish.
– In the mouth, the attack is pure/direct. Plenty of body with hints of preserved fruit, kirsch, and lots of spices.
– After opening, the bottom of the glass is majestic with liquorice, wooded, fat/oily notes.
The Maison GÃ©las, created in 1865 by Baptiste GÃ©las, a barrel makerâs son, has been a family business for 150 years, and is Gascon heart and soul. It will take you through the different crafts and trades that have given birth not only to outstanding, vintage Bas Armagnacs, aged in casks in its chais or special storehouses, but also to a range of eaux-de-vie resulting from both know-how and a love of perfection. The Maison GÃ©las offers you the key to its nook of paradise, and will initiate you in the magic of ageing.
Gelas was born into liqueurs before it became one of the best houses of Armagnac with a collection of many old vintages, to make Armagnac Castarede jealous. Gelas is also famous for its single varietal Armagnacs defining the big differences between Baco, Ugni Blanc, Folle Blanche.
He also experiments with great success one year or more cask finished Armagnacs in JuranÃ§on, Marsala, Pacherenc, Port, Sauternes, Sherry, and lately in the famous Australian De Bortoli Noble One and Black Noble casks.