Over the last 150 years, six generations have strived
obstinately and with a certain amount of success to keep the estate prospering,
demonstrating their true loyalty to the Ténarèze soil. Situated
on the highest slopes in Gascony, at around 180 metres (600 feet) altitude,
the Chiroulet estate faces due south towards the Pyrenees, ideal conditions
for growing ripe, healthy grapes.
Potential which Michel and Arlette Fezas, who took the destiny of the
estate in hand in 1969, are capitalising on. Over the years they have
restructured the business and developed it, starting off with Armagnac
as their flagship product and then producing Floc de Gascogne in 1977.
In 1993, Philippe Fezas, Agricultural Engineer and Oenologist, took over
and made expressing the grapes and the soil in the wine a priority.
The particular care taken over the blending (with a predominance of the
Merlot grape) and the fact that they are matured in wooden casks, gives
Chiroulet red wines a unique character, already recognised by the biggest
wine critics. And the white wines now express wonderfully their floral
and mineral profile derived from the limestone outcrop called the «Peyrusquet»
they are grown on.
The Chiroulet estate, composed of 45 hectares (110 acres) of vines aged
between 10 and 40 years old, is one of the rare properties in France to
produce vintage wines which take you through from the aperitif to the
after-dinner liqueur. As an aperitif, try a well chilled floc de Gascogne
or why not try our late harvest white wine, «Soleil dautomne».
During the meal, our dry white and red wines for laying down will accompany
your starter and main course perfectly. And by way of an after-dinner
liqueur, what would you say to a 1979 vintage Armagnac ?