October 9, 2008

Tariquet L’Apéritif

By Andrew Barrow In Wine Notes

Tariquet l'Aperitif

Is your pre-dinner tipple a G&T or are you a true Francophile and indulge in a little pré-dîner Pineau de Cherentes, a true apéritif?
Personally a slurp or two of the wine to be served with the meal is the standard pre-dinner drink with me, having never really taken to the sweeter styles of French aperitifs. While this newly released Tariquet L’Apéritif falls into that category it is rather captivating. Highly drinkable too, but watch that 17% alcohol!

The word aperitif comes from the Latin ‘aperire’ which means ‘to open’. Meaning, in this case, to ‘open’ the appetite; a way to prepare the gastric juices for what is to come.
Domaine du Tariquet, well known for its Vin de Pays de Côtes de Gascogne wines and Bas-Armagnac has created its own aperitif made from a subtle blend of Armagnac and grape juice.

A clever blend of pure Folle Blanche eau-de-vie and grape juice gives an intense bouquet of ripe fruits, cherry stalks and white blossom. It is full and lively in the mouth with a good balance between the freshness and sweetness of ripe grapes.”

Certain grape varieties such as the Gros Manseng, Chardonnay and Sauvignon give very concentrated grape juices when they are truly ripe and it is among these that Tariquet selects those that have the most fruity aromas at the beginning of their fermentation. The transformation of sugar into alcohol having just started, is then stopped by blending with a Folle Blanche eau-de-vie, chosen for its finesse and floral notes to form the off-dry Tariquet L’Aperitif.

Spirit Review/Tasting NoteSpirit Tasting Note: Tariquet L’Apéritif , Vin de Liqueur, France
Stockist: AdVintage Wines Price: £12.99 [More on Adegga / Snooth]
A delightful aroma – honeyed, floral, waxy, lemony. Intense flavours mimic the aroma with a good concentration and intensity.The acidity comes in a huge citric wave clearing the sweetness and leaving a lemony, honeyed aftertaste. Although designed as an apéritif this would be a great accompaniment to fois gras. Alcohol 17%.

Scribblings Rating – 92/100 [4 out of 5]

  1. Miss D. October 9, 2008

    I am by no means an expert and really enjoy reading your blog, as well as drinking wine ;-) However, as a French native speaker, I cannot refrain from pointing a small typo. I believe your first paragraph should read Pineau des Charentes and not Cherentes. Feel free to erase this irrelevant comment later on.

  2. Dylan October 10, 2008

    What would or did you use as the small food pairing to go with this specific aperitif?

  3. Dan Coward October 13, 2008

    Love the label! It actually gives me an inkling of what it might taste like…


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