Floc de Gascogne means «bouquet of flowers» in Occitan. Just like Pineau des Charentes, it is made from fresh grape and must be blended with an eau-de-vie. The major difference lies in the fact that the grape juice is blended with Armagnac rather than Cognac. In the heart of Gascony, this wine region (AOC 1990) covers 780 hectares today and produces 10 000 hectolitres annually in the ‘départements’ of Gers, Lot-et-Garonne and the Landes. There are two colours for the Floc de Gascogne : white and rosé, sometimes called Red Floc. White Floc de Gascogne is made from colombard, which confers a citrus nose, gros manseng which gives the wine its roundness and ugni blanc, which contributes the freshness necessary for the balance of the wine. One can also use mauzac, sémillon, petit manseng, baroque, sauvignon blanc and folle blanche. Floc de Gascogne rosé is made from cabernet franc, cabernet sauvignon, merlot and tannat as well as a small percentage of fer servadou and cot.
Floc de Gascogne’s talent is expressed the most when it is young. The aromas and fruitiness of grapes coupled with the fragrance of red berries, flowers, oranges, spices and violets burst forth from the Armagnac.
Drink Floc de Gascogne chilled (7°C). Once the bottle has been opened, you can keep it upright and corked in the fridge for up to three months.
An ice-cold white Floc de Gascogne combines perfectly with duck or goose foie gras whilst a rosé Floc de Gascogne can be served in the centre of a melon. Floc is the ideal accompaniment to ewe’s cheese, pastries or chocolate…
Floc de Gascogne et fruits
Melons from Lectoure, peaches and nectarines from the Lot-and-Garonne, plums from Agen, and kiwis from the Adour… At the height of the season, all these fruits from Gascony, ripened in the sun of the South-West are overflowing with flavour. Floc de Gascogne, thanks to its finesse and subtlety, allows for unexpected alliances producing chilled desserts bursting with character.
Granité au Floc de Gascogne, blackcurrant and nectarine sabayon au Floc de Gascogne, redcurrant and blackcurrant charlotte au Floc de Gascogne, skewers of fruits with almond paste au Floc de Gascogne… there is no shortage of ideas to tempt our taste buds !
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