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Caroline, Sophie & Bernard Rozès – Château de Léberon & Domaine D’Aurensan, Ténarèse

Since 2014 Caroline has been in charge of the cellars of this 2 domaines in Gascogne.
She is the youngest in the family and was previously doing 10 years in the perfume industry in Paris.
One day she realized the most beautiful fragrance she could promote was the Armagnacs made by her family.

Her sister Sophie and their father Bernard is responsible for the work in the vineyards. Bernard has been working in the vineyards and cellars for over 50 years now, so he’s been a good teacher for his kids. Right now they are working with converting the domains to organic viticulture.

The luxury with 2 domaines springs from the marriage between Bernard and the sisters mother. Domaine d’Aurensan comes from their mother and Château Léberon from Bernard. They use no filtration, coloring, sugar or other additives to betray the identity of the terroir and this is very rare when it comes to Armagnac.

 

Château de Léberon

This 13th century château is where the family Rozès lives. It was a total wreck in 1939 when Osmin Rozès decided to buy it. He did a massive restoration work and nowadays it looks like it did in it’s heydays.

Here the family has old vineyards (40-60 years), planted on the gritty sand, pebbles and alluvial deposits of the river Baïses terraces. The vineyards are all south facng and planted with Ugni-Blanc, Colombard and Merlot. They producs very textured, aromtic fruit with a significant fatness.

 After natural fermentation is done, the double distillation takes place at the château, in an Armagnac pot still.

The cellar walls are very thick, which allows a constant temperature and humidity rate throughout the year, perfect conditions for long ageing. All the 420-litre oak barrels are made of wood from the château. Here the family only produces vintage Armagnac to keep the memory of all differences between the vintages. They only sell Armagnac that’s been ageing minimum 20 years and bottling is made by hand in the cellar on demand.

Here they also produce ‘Vin Muté’, which is Gascgonys ‘Vin du liqueur’ – the traditional aperitif all over France, but that carries different names in all regions.

2015 Château de Léberon Vin Muté Rouge

Grape: Merlot
Appellation: AOC Vin Muté
Age of Vines: 40 years
Yields: 40 hl/ha

Vinification: Direct press before blending the pure, unfermented juice with 1/3 of eau-du-vie. Then they put this drink in the 420-liter old oak barrels for ageing 1 year.


NV Solera 1987 Château de Léberon Vin Muté Colombard

Grape: Colombard
Appellation: AOC Vin Muté
Age of Vines: 40-60 years
Yields: 40 hl/ha

Vinification: Direct press before blending the pure, unfermented juice with 1/3 of eau-du-vie. Then they put this drink in the 420-liter old oak barrel solera.


1993 Château de Léberon Armagnac

A beautiful amber hue, lustrous and limpid. A Compelling nose with woody hints and of coconut and vanilla.
Smooth and supple entry revealing an elegant note of smoked tea in finish.

Cask number: 43
Production: 450 liters
Alcohol content: 46,1 %