Domaine Tariquet Montreur d’Ours Bas Armagnac 45.5% 700ml
Grape Varieties: Plant de Graisse 70% and blend of Baco & Ugni blanc 30%
Montreur d’Ours is an entirely new Bas-Armagnac “Hors d’Âge” (XO) that blends 10 to 20-year-old barrels of the Plant de Graisse, Ugni blanc and Baco grape varieties.
This cuvée pays tribute the Grassa-Artaud’s family’s ancestors, originally from Ercé, a small village nestled in the mountains of Ariège, at the foot of the Pyrenées, who maintained the bear tamer tradition. In 1912, they acquired Domaine Tariquet in Gascony that had been making Armagnac since 1683.
Domaine Tariquet has been the cradle of an entire family since 1912. First of all, the home of Hélène and Pierre Grassa, who began the tradition with their love of fine Armagnac. Then, the home of their children Maïté and Yves, both fervent winemakers, who have now been joined by Yves’ sons, Armin and Rémy, the third generation of winegrowers in the family. Together they manage the Tariquet estate, which has always remained an independent and, now more than ever, family-owned company. They run the property with an eye on the future and have built a business that is well placed to meet market demand. With close to 900 hectares of land, they produce Tariquet white wines and Bas-Armagnac brandies that have won international acclaim. Tariquet were the first winemakers in France to apply the rules of modern winemaking ( No oxidation, temperatures, special yeast…) being taught in France universities of oenology, just before and after the 2nd world war. Most students, sons of vignerons learned but never really applied it, since back home the fathers would insist, with a slap, in continuing with the centuries old methods. Tariquet opened the ways, at first despised by most, then grudgingly admired for their, fresh clean fruity wines. Years later the new world would follow with their successful New World Wines.With such vision Tariquet would also be excellent at Armagnacs, concentrating with foresight on the vine varietal Folle Blanche, which before the Phylloxera crisis, represented 90% of cognac and Armagnac production and was famous for fast ageing, preserving freshness of floral and fruity aromas. But post phylloxera Folle Blanche was difficult rotting by 25% to 50%. Tariquet must be admired to have persisted to be today the main exponent of brilliant Folle Blanche Armagnacs