A wonderful mature Armagnac imported by Charles Neal
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
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.
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.