Domaine d'Esperance

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Located south of Bordeaux in Gascony, the estate has over 45 hectares of vineyards, with almost half of this dedicated to varieties for distillation (Baco, Folle Blanche).

SMWS Releases

SMWS Number Title Description Distilled Cask Region Grape Age ABV
A4.1 Elegant and inviting This copper coloured Baco grape Bas-Armagnac offers aromas of apple pie with caramelised sugar, gentle spices (cinnamon and cloves), dried flowers and winey freshness. Fruits develop with dark cherries and then caramelising melted butter. Hints of black tea together with tobacco, resin and a slight woody character contribute to a drying nose. The refined taste has gentle tannins and woody spices balanced with vanilla custard, prunes and apples. This turns slightly nutty with wax furniture polish. It is sweet and warming with a short and drying finish that leaves you wanting more. This small estate and vineyard was purchased by the current owners in 1990. Only eight hectares are used for making Armagnac. Vintage 2002 Armagnac barrel Bas Armagnac Baco 49.1%
A4.2 Fresh as a daisy An enticing nose began confidently with boiled lemon sweets and sweet boozy butterscotch. Then, heady floral scents in the form of lavender and eucalyptus gave way to effervescent orange juice and a freshly polished mahogany table. The anticipation was palpable. To taste, lemon drizzle cake to start followed by deeper notes of golden syrup, thick cut marmalade, a solvent pear drop note and fine spice and tannins in the finish. A splash of water (the addition of which is not traditional with Armagnac) brings Turkish delight, watermelon, quince jelly and almond butter to the nose. The palate, now “fresh as a daisy” transported us to a sunny garden in full bloom before deepening to orange oil and a lingering dark chocolate bitterness. From the Folle Blanche grape. Vintage 2005 Armagnac barrel Bas Armagnac Folle Blanche 51.0%