The Aurensan area was already in ancient times a chosen place for big agricultural cultivation. With its fertile ground and its South- West orientation, Aurensan is a great place for grapevine cultivation. The vineyard of Aurensan spreads over 5 hectares; Ugni Blanc, Colombard and Folle Blanche flourish on a chalky clay ground propitious to the development of vine’s root systems. This is very specific land called Tenareze is the homeland of eaux-de-vie of Armagnac with strong character: structured, powerful and stylish, they are particularly beloved by connoisseurs.
We attend our vine all year long, according to its needs. We especially care about the pruning, suppression of vine-shoots and trellising on which depend harvest quality and vine longevity, are very carefully processed, by hands. We only harvest when grapes have reached full maturity for distillation, which means a high degree of acidity and a low level of sugar.
Vinification can then start on a fully natural basis with no addition of any oenological product (yeast, sulphur…). Distillation takes place at the estate, in an Armagnac still continuously heated. It lasts several days, during which we pay constant attention to the purring still.
The cellars of the Domaine d’Aurensan are very humid which favors a long and progressive ageing. Our casks, made of wood of the oak trees of our estate, bring all the aromatic singularity to our eaux-de-vie because it is from the wood that the eau-de-vie brings the aromatic components that will be matured then. Bottling is made by hand on demand, in our cellars, with no filtering. Bottling is the moment when the ageing of the eau-de-vie is definitely fixed. It is indicated on each bottle.
The search of the purest expression of our land is what drives us above all. Man’s hand first ccompanies the vine growth, then the long aging-process of eau-de-vie, but never interferes in the product’s truth. We make a natural product in which we find all the beauty and mysteries of its long maturation. In no case would we consider blending as a way to “standardize” an immutable 20 years old Armagnac. The 20 years old Armagnac bottled in 2013 will be slightly different from the 20 years old Armagnac we will bottle in 5 or 10 years because the vintages composing it will not be the same anymore. We produce Armagnac as a vine-grower, not as a brand.
Domaine d’Aurensan Tenarese 20 Year Armagnac is a complex and perfectly balanced Armagnac. It is a is a blend of four casks from 1973, 1978, 1981 and 1990, bottled at 42.5% alc/vol.
NOSE: Vanilla, oak, touch of sweetness.
PALATE: Rich, earthy, oak, spice, vanilla, butterscotch, sweet.
FINISH: Long, spicy, wood spice.