Operating 60 hectares of vines under the High Environmental Value label, the Domaine des Cassagnoles was a pioneer of Côtes de Gascogne varietal wines and continues the traditional production of Armagnac and Floc de Gascogne.
Freshness and sincerity
In Côtes de Gascogne and Armagnac, the estates often draw their roots from family tradition. It is so at Cassagnoles area, where since 2010 Laure Baumann watches over the destiny of the vineyard. The torch was passed down to him by his father, Gilles Baumann, and his mother, Janine Cardeillac Baumann. Because his parents had ensured since 1974 the management of an area that was already exploited by previous generations. At that time, the production of Armagnac absorbed most of the wine production. Two years will mark the commitment to diversification: 1978 saw the birth of the first Gascogne floccu followed in 1980 by the first vinification of a 100% Colombard. With the advent of a single-varietal cuvée, innovative for the time, the style of Cassagnoles area settles down. It will therefore be a question of making sing with freshness and sincerity the emblematic grape varieties of the Gascony terroir.
Terroir and grape varieties
The vineyard Cassagnoles area runs on the surrounding hillsides. On this well-exposed terroir, Laure Baumann's first enterprise was to restructure and rejuvenate the vines. Determinants of the identity of the terroir, Gros Manseng and Colombard were established predominantly for the whites, accompanied by Ugni blanc, Sauvignon or Chardonnay. On the red side, with a more discreet vocation, Tannat is very present, supported by Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. From this palette emerges a bias: at Cassagnoles area the assembly principle is meant to be moderate. The full expression of each grape is indeed the foreground. A reason and a history govern this: the estate remains a precursor of single-varietal wines in Côtes de Gascogne. The tone is thus set: honor to the terroir and its ability to produce wines with full fruit.
Bouquet of flavors
Au Cassagnoles area the tasting cellar is traversed like an album. Each wine illustrates a page just as each Armagnac recounts its memory. Chardonnay et Gros Manseng open the white chapter first. The pleasure then thickens with a Burst of Sauvignon facing a Shard of Colombard. Each one makes a grape variety, a terroir, a season sparkle. The white chapter would be incomplete without the Sweetness of Autumn, where Gros Manseng and Ugni Blanc distill their aromatic sweetness. In the land of Gascony, the reds know how to counterpoint the bouquets of the whites. TheShard of Tannat, well structured, first slips in a rosé robe into the grape variety. Then he comes to spice up the story by taking the character of a Tannat Reserve that a neighbor Merlot in beautiful deep red dress. Elegance is the order of the day in each cuvée, with a touch of feminine attention that the assembly of Armagnac comes to support their deep and amber characters. Children of the Ténarèze, they express a pleasant and complex fruit which also suits Flocs of Gascony of the House. The rest of the story honors other delicacies such as Orange cassagnoles, a voluptuous citrus liqueur. It finally ends in delicacies, with refreshed fruit and candied with flavors of Armagnac, of which Laure Baumann has all the secret.