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CUVÉE: ARGOT

OUR WILD CHILD

Key Facts

TITLE CUVÉE: ARGOT
MATURATION 1134 DAYS OR 3 YEARS, 1 MONTH AND 8 DAYS (Youngest Single Farm Origin Component)
ASSEMBLAGE DATE 07 JULY 2022
ABV 47%
For Market Worldwide
Component Single Farm Origins 14

Cuvée Argot

Argot, a patois, the underground language of bohemians & renegades. An idiom for the underworld, a secret tongue reserved for only those in the know. A vibrant, enthusiastic, devil-may-care cuvée, bringing together several Single Farm Origins layered for beguiling complexity — & with a mere Will o’ the Wisp of Irish peat — Cuvée: Argot is our wild child.

OUR CUVÉE CONCEPT

Inspired by Bordeaux’s greatest chateaux, the Cuvée Concept is the apogee of our radical, novel philosophy. By harvesting, distilling and maturing Irish barley farm by farm — each expressing its own distinct terroir-derived flavour profile — an unprecedented flavour library is achieved. By drawing on these building blocks, Head Distiller Ned Gahan can bring them together, layer by layer, to create the ultimate in complexity — where the whole is greater than simply the sum of the parts.

Cuvée: Argot is the exuberant little brother to the distillery’s flagship bottling The Cuvée. Inspired by Bordeaux once again, if The Cuvée is our Grand Vin, Cuvée: Argot is our Second Vin — our second wine — revelling in the same remarkable complexity, ground-breaking distillation & revolutionary transparency & traceability, but with a little less élevage in oak for freshness, vibrancy and drinkability.

Head Distiller's Observations

Appearance:  Light honey yellow with oils that meander down the glass.

Nose: Orange peel, almonds, stewed apple, bread crust, green foliage, mixed berries, fennel, white chocolate, red toffee apple, barn yard.

Taste: White pepper, bell peppers, granola, grapefruit, smokey barbecue, banana milkshake, green apple skin, chewable, clove rock, barley sugar, vine tomatoes.

Finish: Dry pepperiness with barley sugar and gentle warmth.

The Growers

Grower
Farm
County
Type
David Power
Park
Carlow
Conventional
Jimmy Walshe
Tinryland
Carlow
Conventional
John Rowe
Hilltown
Wexford
Conventional
Sutton, Sisters
Wheelagrower
Wexford
Conventional
Brian Kenny
Meadow Lodge Farm
Wexford
Conventional
Thomas Cleary
Garryduff
Wexford
Conventional
Peter Cummins
Ballykelly
Wexford
Conventional
Tony Pender
Ballybannon
Carlow
Conventional
Ger Byrne
Fenniscourt
Carlow
Conventional
Declan O'Hanlon
Owenduff
Wexford
Conventional
Simon Neville
Ballyroe
Wexford
Conventional
John Tynan
Dunmore
Laois
Conventional
Ned Murphy
Dunbell
Kilkenny
Conventional
Richard Raftice
Rathclough
Kilkenny
Conventional
John Smyth
Ballinaboley
Carlow
Conventional
Daniel Delaney
The Rocks
Laois
Conventional
Mark & Garret Browne
Broomlands
Wexford
Conventional
David Kelly
Balllybar
Carlow
Conventional

The Sound at one of Cuvée Argot's Farms: Broomlands

We begin in the yard, just by the farmhouse. It’s a warm, sunny spring day; leaves blow along the ground, carried on the breeze. There’s a rookery over to the left, towards the back of the yard, and a bird singing in the trees to the right. From the yard we move out into the fields. In some of the fields, they’ve started preparing the ground for this year’s barley. The place is alive with wildlife. The first bees are about and all the farms nearby are bustling with activity in the dry weather. We go full circle and head back towards the yard; on the way there’s an area being cleared and the cuttings are burning on a fire.

Yeast

Waterford Whisky’s intensity of flavour comes from our temperature-controlled fermentations, encouraging a flavour-enhancing malolactic fermentation to provide extra length & depth.

Water

Rains that fall on the Comeragh mountains flow via water-bearing volcanic rock fissures creating an aquifer of pure, soft water of ideal mineral balance. The purity of volcanic-filtered water is where our spirit’s journey starts.

CASK COMPOSITION

FIRST FILL U.S
37%
VIRGIN U.S
19%
PREMIUM FRENCH
21%
VIN DOUX NATUREL
23%

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