La Vieille Prune, Louis Roque
Up to the late 19th century, the members of the Roque family had carried on the tradition of distilling from father to son. Louis Roque, the third of his generation, decided in 1905 to become independent by settling in Souillac, in the site of an ancient convent. Louis became the local specialist of plum brandy. He started to distill for his own business from plums supplied by local farmers. He rested his production in oaks cask where the spirit aged slowly, under close supervision. In his multiple chais, located in different parts of town, the Roque family dedicated time to maturing and meticulous blending, while their home, right in the heart of Souillac, doubled as a shop. Louis soon became widely acknowledged as the highest standard this sublime and undersung spirit category.
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A long tradition in Gascony, plum brandy is distilled in the Armagnac method, then aged for 3-4 years in Limousine oak. Boisterous fruit and esters burst off the nose, with vibrant oxidation and rich, nutty marzipan notes from the plum pits. The palate is deep and oaky, full of raisins and – you guessed it – prunes. Curious and delicious! A gem for all spirit geeks.