Laubade Floc de Gascogne NV

Six odd years of wine study, roughly five years of writing, and this is the first time I’ve come across a Floc de Gascogne.  At this point, you may be surprised if you are a versed in the style, or alternatively, like me, wondering quite what to expect in the bottle.  The answer is that a Floc de Gascogne is a regional delicacy from the south west of France, and more specifically, a vin de liqueur comprised of a blend of armagnac and fresh grape juice.  The particular vineyards here are situated in the Bas Armagnac, and the grape variety is the ugni blanc.  Happily, the result is particularly drinkable.  The floc has aromatics of jasmine, dried orange, marmalade and herbs, reminding specifically of armagnac.  The palate has reminders of dried orange peel, marmalade and spearmint and is youthful in impression.  There is quite good length and flavour on the finish.  Evidently suited to being an aperitif or frankly to accompany dessert, this is a well made vin de liqueur.

Rating: Good, Abv: 17%, Price: $37.50, Source: sample, Vendors:, Website:, Tasted: 2014

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