“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 1999 vintage Armagnac from grapes grown at Domaine De Couzard Lasalle and bottled by negociants Francis Darroze at 14 years of age in 2013. Darroze are known for their selection of consistently good casks.
A 1998 vintage Armagnac produced by Domaine de Salie and bottled by Francis Darroze in 2012. Darroze have been travelling the Armagnac region and selecting their favourite casks to bottle since 1974. The cépage for this is 100% Baco
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.
A 1982 vintage Armagnac produced at Domaine de Busquet from Baco grapes and bottled by negociants Francis Darroze. Bottled at 31 years of age in 2013, this is a fantastic example of an aged Bas-Armagnac.
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.
A 1974 vintage Armagnac from grapes grown at Domaine de Poyanne and bottled by negociants Francis Darroze after 39 years of maturation. This was distilled in the year Darroze first began selecting high quality casks to bottle.
A 1971 vintage Armagnac from Baco grapes grown at Domaine de Pounon and bottled by negociants Francis Darroze after 42 years of maturation in 2013. Darroze have been selecting high quality casks to bottle since 1974 and are well respected in their field.
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.
This magnum bottle was distilled at Domaine de Salie in Bas Armagnac in 1998 from Baco grapes. Bottled by negociants Darroze in 2012 at 14 years of age, this should be an excellent example of fruity young Armagnac.
A 1967 vintage Armagnac selected by negociants Francis Darroze, but produced at Domaine de Busquet. Armagnac at this age (40 years plus) is fantastically complex and rich. This is an example of 100% Baco grape Armagnac.
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. Rich, spicy and lip-smackingly more-ish - a tremendous armagnac from a great house.