Castles have graced the property of what is now the Château de Ravignan since the 12th century. The name "Ravignan" itself comes from the deep ravines surrounding the property that once served as a natural defense.
The château was later occupied by feudal barons and partially destroyed during the religious wars of the 16th century. In the mid-17th century, a Louis XIII manor was built on the property.
Vineyards were planted in 1732. Around the same time, the property was sold to Jean La Croix, who later took the name Ravignan.
The Ravignan Chai
The chai stands between the impressive château and a 16th-century church. It has been expanded to house nearly 300 barrels. The area is cool and well-ventilated which helps promote oxidation.
Wood comes from both trees grown on the property and the Limousin forest. Ten-to-fifteen new barrels are made by Gilles Bartholomo each year at his cooperage in Le Frêche. This new oak insures good color and tannin dosage. Barrels are aerated once a year and monitored frequently.
Characteristics of Ravignan Armagnac
Ravignan has tremendous respect within the Armagnac region. The distillation at a low degree insures lots of fruit, new oak gives wonderful structure, and long aging insures a natural concentration of flavors.
A large array of subtle flavors always weave their way in and out of the glass. The Ravignan Armagnacs normally receive top marks in important French magazines like Gault-Millauand Revue des Vins de France.
-- Charles Neal, First published in 1999
Château de Ravignan
Château de Ravignan 1982 (48°)
Tasting Notes: Still young with regards to aromas. Texture beginning to develop in the mouth with a tad of sweetness on the palate. Fruit evocative of aged rum and spice; vanilla-scented wood is well-integrated. Still with plenty of alcohol-the definition of armagnac as a digestif! Good pure length.
Château de Ravignan 1979 (47°)
Tasting Notes: Sweet plum, apricot, vanilla and marzipan on the nose. Pure flavors continue in the mouth with nearly perfect balance. Tremendous length. Excellent Armagnac!
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