A silky 1989 vintage Bas-Armagnac bottled by Darroze, one of the region's top houses.
Bottled in 2018 as a 29-year-old, this is released at 45.8%.
According to Darroze:
Amber colour with golden tints.
We feel in the nose some candied fruit flavours, very rich (prune, apricot) and some chocolate.
On the palate we again find this delicate, silky with round tannins.
Domaine: Domaine de Barigos
Farmer: Mr Delhoste Guy
Appelation: Bas Armagnac
Village: La Frenche
Soil: Sandy soil
Size Of Vineyard: 5 hectares
Grape Variety: Baco
Age Of Vineyards: 60 years
Distilled at 52% ABV
Aged using local oak
Darroze is one of ArmagnacÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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 Ã¢â‚¬Å“treasure huntersÃ¢â‚¬Â. 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 ArmagnacÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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, Ã¢â‚¬Å“A sick bull, a dying horse or tractor are repaired or replaced by the sale of a barrel.Ã¢â‚¬Â
DarrozeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ 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