Domaine Tariquet

Eauze, France

In every family, there is a unique story waiting to be uncovered, and the Grassa family is no exception. Their tale begins in rural France during the late 19th century when the country faced challenges in providing for its people. Many sought a better future elsewhere, including the inhabitants of the village of Ercé in Ariège, known for their expertise in bear taming due to their proximity to the natural habitat of mountain bears.

Among the residents was young Artaud, a skilled bear tamer who embarked on a journey with his two loyal bears in search of work and adventure. His travels took him across the world, and he eventually settled in the United States. However, a longing for his roots led him back to France in 1912, where he discovered the enchanting Tariquet region and instantly fell in love. Unfortunately, he lacked the means to purchase the property with his savings.

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Undeterred, Artaud turned to his son, Jean Pierre, who had remained in New York and married Pauline, a fellow Ariège native. Jean Pierre worked as a bartender, showcasing his talent for crafting elegant cocktails in a popular bar. Together, father and son pooled their resources to acquire the Tariquet wine estate. However, the vineyards were in a sorry state, with most of them destroyed by phylloxera, leaving only seven hectares remaining.

Pierre, Jean Pierre’s son, and his wife Hélène entered the picture, breathing new life into Domaine Tariquet. The couple was enamored with the property and fearlessly embraced the challenge of restoring the château and vineyards to their former glory. Thanks to their relentless efforts, Domaine Tariquet once again thrived, producing exceptional Bas-Armagnac brandies. The couple had four children, Maïté, Christiane, Françoise, and Yves. Maïté and Yves decided to continue the family tradition and remain on the property.

 

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In the Grassa family, the values of rural life have always been deeply ingrained. Honesty has been their guiding principle, never selling a product for more than its worth. Dedication is another key value, as planting and cultivating vines requires long-term commitment. The family understands the importance of order and respect, recognizing that only a well-balanced vine can yield quality grapes. Furthermore, they believe in giving back to nature, acknowledging the generous offerings it provides.

To honor their commitments, the Grassa family has implemented environmentally friendly practices, such as organic manuring, to reduce their impact on the land. They also use partially demineralized water with a lowered pH level to dilute active ingredients in order to minimize the effects of treatments on grape juice. These efforts have resulted in a significant reduction of pesticide treatments by 40%. Additionally, the family has invested in an effluent treatment plant to ensure that their wastewater has no detrimental environmental impact.

 

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Furthermore, the Grassa family has made conscious choices to minimize the use of sulphites in their wines, opting for alternative antioxidants like Vitamin C whenever possible. They have also prioritized recyclability, with their glass bottles, aluminium caps, paper labels, and cardboard packaging all being 100% recyclable.

As the Grassa family continues to uphold their values and champion sustainable practices, the next chapter of their story is being written by Yves’ sons, Armin and Rémy, who have become winemakers themselves. Their journey exemplifies the enduring legacy and dedication to quality that defines the Grassa family and the wines they produce.

 

Domaine Tariquet's Wines

  • Domaine du Tariquet 'Les Premieres Grives' Gros Manseng

    Gros Manseng

  • Domaine du Tariquet Classic

    Colombard

  • Domaine du Tariquet Vintage Bas Armagnac

    Brandy

  • Domaine du Tariquet X.O. Bas Armagnac

    Brandy

  • Domaine du Tariquet Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc

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