Floc de Gascogne is a vin de liqueur from the armagnac region made with two-thirds unfermented grape must (unclarified juice) and one-third armagnac that are blended together and aged in neutral tanks for a year. At Château de Ravignan, a grape must blend of approximately half each of Colombard and Ugni Blanc is muted with the most recent distillate. This addition of alcohol impedes yeast from thriving so that both the sugar and delicious fruit characteristics from the grapes remain. Traditionally, this spirit is served as an apéritif in Gascony, but has recently found new purposes as a dessert wine or as an accompaniment to melon and cheese. 17% ABV
Domaine Ravignan is one of the most classic and beautiful châteaus in all of Gascony! The estate is managed by Jean-Henry d’Orglandes, his charismatic son, Josselin, Josselin’s wife, Christine, and her brother, Baron Louis de Ravignan. The chai stands between the impressive château and a 16th century church. It has recently been expanded to house nearly 300 barrels. The area is cool and well-ventilated which helps promote oxidation. Barrels are racked once a year and monitored frequently, with countless decades of history caked into the chai walls. Distillation at a low degree ensures plentiful fruit, new oak gives wonderful structure, and long aging ensures a natural concentration of flavors, proving why Ravignan garners tremendous respect within the Armagnac region.