The 13th-century Château de Monluc in Saint-Puy was the home of Blaise de Monluc, Maréchal de France under Henri II, who is credited with introducing the rapier, a light thrusting weapon to France from Italy. The expression for attacking with one was to ‘push the rapier’ (poussait la rapière) at the enemy.
Created at Monluc in the 1960s by René Lassus, Pousse Rapière is an Armagnac liqueur flavored with bitter orange, according to the family’s secret recipe.
Ideally it should be served one part to seven parts of the château’s Vin sauvage (wild wine), a brut sparkling blanc de blancs, made according to the méthode traditionnelle from the same grape varieties (Ugni-Blanc and Gros Manseng) as the Armagnac used in Pousse Rapière.
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