Chilled or on the rocks, Floc de Gascogne is a lot more than just an aperitif.
Its Floc (bunch of flowers in old French), a subtle blend of Armagnac and the best fresh free-run grape juice imakes for a enchanting and sensual taste. Enjoy the Laubade Floc as an aperitif, to pair with foie gras, blue cheeses and chocolate or vanilla desserts and ice creams.
Château de Laubade was built in 1870 and is today the premier Armagnac property, composed of 260 acres of single vineyard.
It is located in Sorbets d’Armagnac, in the heart of the noblest area of the appellation: the Bas Armagnac.
The Lesgourgues family has been running the estate since 1974. Throughout the generations, some prestigious figures have striven for Château de Laubade’s fame, always being highly involved in the vanguard techniques in terms of agronomy and
Since 1998, Arnaud and Denis Lesgourgues, as the third generation have been actively involved in the quest of excellence, to make Château de Laubade an undisputed reference in the Armagnac category.
In 2010, Château de Laubade, celebrated its 140 years of history, with a superb ceremony in the château’s cellars, organized around a gastronomic dinner prepared by Alain Dutournier,( 2-star Michelin) Chef of the Carré des Feuillant restaurant in Paris. For the occasion, a Laubade 1910 was opened and tasted by the 140 prestigious guests coming from all over the world.
|Grape Variety||Ugni Blanc|
|Food Pairing||Enjoy the Laubade Floc as an aperitif, to pair with foie gras, blue cheeses and chocolate or vanilla desserts and ice creams.|
|Service||Decant for a few hours and serve at 18°C/60°F|
|Winemaker||Arnaud and Denis Lesgourgues|
|Producer||Château de Laubade|
|Region/Appellation||Sorbets d’Armagnac, Bas Armagnac Controlee|
Sean Mitchell - Grape Observer -
Six odd years of wine study, roughly five years of writing, and this is the first time I've come across a Floc de Gascogne. At this point, you may be surprised if you are a versed in the style, or alternatively, like me, wondering quite what to expect in the bottle. The answer is that a Floc de Gascogne is a regional delicacy from the south west of France, and more specifically, a vin de liqueur comprised of a blend of armagnac and fresh grape juice. The particular vineyards here are situated in the Bas Armagnac, and the grape variety is the ugni blanc. Happily, the result is particularly drinkable. The floc has aromatics of jasmine, dried orange, marmalade and herbs, reminding specifically of armagnac. The palate has reminders of dried orange peel, marmalade and spearmint and is youthful in impression. There is quite good length and flavour on the finish. Evidently suited to being an aperitif or frankly to accompany dessert, this is a well made vin de liqueur. Rating: Good, Abv: 17%, Price: $37.50, Source: sample, Website: http://www.chateaudelaubade.com, Tasted: 2014
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