A beautiful 1968 vintage Bas-Armagnac bottled by Darroze, one of the region's top houses.
Bottled June 2018 as a 50-year-old, this is an exceptional aged Armagnac from the late ‘60s period which is becoming rarer and rarer.
In Darroze's words:
Gold colour with brown tints.
The aromas in the nose and remarkably fresh and young, which gives this Armagnac an unusual character for the age: candied fruits, brioche, toast.
Domaine: Domaine de Bellair
Farmer: Indivision Roma
Appelation: Bas Armagnac
Soil: 60% sandy soil, 40% clay soil
Size Of Vineyard: 8 hectares
Grape Variety: 60% baco, 40% ugni blanc
Age Of Vineyards: 60 years
Distiller: Lestage a Manciet
Distilled at 53% ABV
Aged using local oak
Darroze is one of Armagnac’s most celebrated bottlers, and certainly one of its best. Jean Darroze was a famous chef in the region and his son Francis added to their culinary talents by sourcing single estate Armagnacs from around the region. Francis introduced his own son Marc to the industry and they soon became known as the Armagnac “treasure hunters”. Marc, who is the President of peak body the Bureau National Interprofessionnel de l'Armagnac, now runs the company himself.
He offers the most diversity of any one house. Barrels are selected based on flavour from across the region and they are bottled at natural cask strength. No water or colouring is added.
Outside of the bigger grower-producer houses, the spirit is distilled by small farm properties around the region. Mobile stills that travel from farm-to-farm are an integral part of Armagnac’s history and often farmers would sell off barrels of their own, small production for a bit of quick cash. As it has been put elsewhere, “A sick bull, a dying horse or tractor are repaired or replaced by the sale of a barrel.”
Darroze’s bottlings showcase the uniqueness of each farm and offer fantastic transparency about the grapes used in the production.
Please note, Darroze Armagnacs are bottled to order – so different batches from the same barrel will have different bottling dates and therefore potential ages. We endeavour to keep these records updated as best as possible, but there might be slight variations on the exact dates.
- Bas Armagnac