“One has never really tried an Armagnac until trying those of Francis Darroze" - Robert Parker It was in 1974 that Francis Darroze started his business as a trader and producer of vintage Bas-Armagnacs. For this he relied on years of experience, tasting, and visits to the ageing cellars of Bas-Armagnac, the sub-region of Armagnac where the mo ... Read More »
Les Grands Assemblages is an age-statement range of Bas Armagnacs bottled at 43%, serving as a great introduction to the work of master bottlers Darroze, who have previously only released single estate vintage armagnacs at cask strength. This 8 year old bottling, although older than most XO cognacs, really lets the spirit sing, with plenty of vibrant stone and berry fruit flavours.
A boisterous 12 year old Bas Armagnac blended and bottled by the incomparable Darroze as part of their Grands Assemblages range. Hints of liquorice and cinnamon here, this really blossoms after a minute or two breathing in the glass.
A full-bodied 20yo blended Bas Armagnac from Darroze, bottled as part of their Grands Assemblages range, this is showing real maturity and complexity after two decades of ageing, while still retaining impressive freshness and bite.
Darroze describe their Domaine de Bertruc 1984 armagnac as subtle, spicy, silky and 'simply superb' (not all in the same sentence, to be fair); but that's just not quite alliterative enough for us, so we'll add sophisticated, citrussy (cheating a bit) and sexily smooth as well.
A majestic 40yo Bas Armagnac from Darroze, bottled for their Grands Assemblages range. With excellent complexity and finesse alongside powerful rancio, this is the perfect gift for any brandy-lover approaching that significant birthday at the end of their fourth decade.
Chateau de Gaube is located in the Perquie area of Landes in Bas-Armagnac. The Baco grape is dominant in this estate, giving complexity, stability and flavour to all their armagnacs. This example, from the 1970 vintage, shows outstanding texture and depth of flavour.