A 38-year-old single vintage 1981 Bas-Armagnac bottled by Darroze.
Distilled using grapes grown at Domaine de La Poste in the Tenareze region, this was bottled in March 2019.
Distilled using ugni blanc and colombard grapes.
According to Darroze:
The nose is very seductive thanks to the aromas like candied fruits, chocolate, brown tobacco and licorice. Supurb. The palate is rich, also very complex in aromas: orange peel, prune, cinnamon, pepper. The tannins are very delicate. Very long finish.
Domaine: Domaine de Lahitte
Farmer: Mme de Lamothe
Appellation: Bas Armagnac
Soil: Sand and clay
Size Of Vineyard: 25 hectares
Grape Variety: 67% ugni blanc, 33% colombard
Age Of Vineyards: 40 years
Distilled to 55% 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.