Château de Millet, located in Eauze, in the middle of the Gers, is immersed in the heart of the Armagnac region. This Gascon building, dedicated to the production of Armagnac and mixed farming, also houses 80 hectares of vineyards reserved for the production of Côtes de Gascogne wines.
Francis and Lydie Dèche, owners of the property, are part of a long line of producers. In 1999, their daughter Laurence joined them. For six generations, the Dèche family has dedicated its know-how to the production of a quality product: traditional grape varieties, rational cultivation of the vineyards and constant interest in the evolution of methods and means of winemaking.
Each year, during the first two weeks of December, the distillation of the baco wines takes place using an authentic Armagnac still that operates continuously – the Dèche family is strongly attached to this grape varietal – definitively recognized as the major grape variety of Armagnac – for its qualities of roundness and smoothness.
The eaux-de-vie are placed in 400-liter rooms at the end of the still to be aged for several years. They will then be blended ("5 years" assembly) or bottled to become, according to the years, prestigious vintages. All the production of the Château is made exclusively from wines harvested, vinified and distilled on site. They are aged in French oak barrels until the bottling date mentioned on the label.
Château de Millet also produces armagnac naissant. This pure, colorless, wood-free brandy, fresh from the still, is called blanche. It is both very powerful and very fine, and it will surprise you with its complexity and original personality: fruity notes of plum and candied melon with vine flower. This rare product is the essential companion of Gascon gastronomy. Blanche can be served frozen with smoked salmon, as a trou gascon but also plain as an aperitif or as a long drink with lime.