About Domaine Papolle
Typically no more than eight 400Liter barrels are produced each year. A quantity somewhat less than commercial producers loose to evaporation in the barrel each year. Age designated production is bottled at cask strength to maintain the character of the base spirit and allow the rich character of the Armagnac show through.
Tasting through the range of Armagnacs produced is an ethereal experience that allows one to see the evolution of the spirit from fruit driven to one whose floral components that emerge after a few years in wood, only in later stages to be eclipsed by the spice of the wood in harmony with the alcohol, the fruity and floral notes. The cellar current holds vintage selections from 1990 dating back to 1973 bottled to order on special request. The 1973, 1975, 1987, and 1990 are currently being inventoried in the USA by our exclusive importer Columbus Wine and Spirits.
Along with the production of the Armagnacs, the Domain de Papolle estate produces several distinguished wines, with designation Côtes de Gascogne, for these wines produced within the Armagnac region. Since Sept 1968 this designation has been used to note a distinction from so called Vin de table wines. The Côtes de Gascogne designation obliges the producer to respect the stricter rules and production standards adopted in Jan. 1992. The estate bottles a regional blend Quatre C, a local varietals Gros Manseng and Petite Manseng as well as a few “international varietals”.
Historically important, the Domaine de Papolle can trace their roots back to the 17th century as the center of the community and as a producer of fine distilled spirits. Today this unassuming estate takes its place amongst the top tier producers of Armagnac in the Bas-Armagnac region.
The estate is spread over 135 hectares, including 55 cultivated in vines. The soil is composed of tawny sand and limestone, typical of Bas–Armagnac. These acidic soils help to produce fruity Armagnacs with fantastic aging potential. All Armagnac bearing the Domaine de Papolle name are made exclusively from the distillation of wines made on the estate and have been produced following the ancestral methods of the region. The Armagnacs are distilled once in a continuous “alembic” still, and then aged only in Gascony sourced oak barrels in our cellar.