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CLOS MARTIN V.S.O.P Folle Blanche
Armagnac, France / Gascogne, 70cl, Ref: 2152
This version is made from 100% Folle Blanche (called Gros Plant in the Nantes region and Picpoul in Languedoc), which is the most reputed grape variety in Armagnac. This grape variety is perfectly suited to the sandy and ‘boulbènes’ (clay) terroir of Bas-
Style: Elegant, creamy. Nose: Dried fruit (apricot), lime blossom and citrus fruit. Palate: Round, smooth. Spices, prunes and raisins. Finish: Vanilla-flavoured, floral.
- Appearance : topaz.
- Nose : fine, creamy. A delicate note of earth and lichen that develops into dried fruit (apricot) and lime blossom. Heady florals (lavender and lilac) then develop into precious woods and citrus fruit.
- Palate : round, smooth. Spices (cloves and cinnamon) hit ripe fruit and white flowers (lily of the valley). Develops into prunes and raisins.
- Overall : powdered, and spicy (cardamom and coriander), with notes of vanilla and flowers. A pinch of salt appears to vamp up the finish. The retro-nasal olfaction is rich and fruity.
- The brand
The stills used by the estates, which are part of the Clos Martin range, are small and allow a large amount of heavy congeners to be retained in the heart of the run. This results in a distillate with a low alcohol content of 52% and twice as many aromatic congeners than would be found at 60%. This means that Clos Martin Armagnacs always have a rich, earthy character which is also subtle and powerful. Obtaining a balanced eau de vie at such low alcohol levels requires a huge amount of experience. These various eaux de vie are then aged separately in order to create different bottlings based on their vintage, terroir and grape variety.