The Château de Millet is located at Eauze, Gers, in Gascony right at the heart of Armagnac. First dedicated to mixed farming and production of Armagnac, the domain is now also producing Côtes de Gascogne wines, “Domaine de Millet”. Run by the Dèche family for five generations, Francis and Lydie Dèche are the current proprietors, along with their daughter Laurence. The vineyard runs through the green hills North-West of Eauze, where sandy and clay soils meet the so-called “sables fauves” which are sandy soils. The Dèche’s grow both Ugni Blanc and Baco grapes, and all of their brandies are a blend of the two, the Ugni Blanc providing great structure and Baco lending brighter top notes of flowers and spice.
As soon as they are out of the still, brandies are put in 400 liter French Oak barrels and allowed to slowly age in the family’s chai. For the VSOP bottling, the brandy is aged for 5 years, all the while being slowly brought down to 42% before being blended and bottled. On the nose, there is fresh citrus oil, light vanilla, and floral notes. On the palate, a bit of young spirit driven spice comes out, alongside delicate peach and pear, a slight acidity, and wet stone.