Armagnac, as some locals will describe it to visitors is the oldest and the youngest spirit in France. Oldest because it was first distilled in the middle of the 15th century and youngest because the Armagnacaise are still arguing over how to distil it. Armagnac comes as a welcome contrast to the relative stagnation in Cognac. Read More »
A 1984 vintage Armagnac made at Domaine de Cepede and bottled by highly respected negociants Francis Darroze after 29 years of maturation. Spirits from 1984 make great birthday gifts, especially as it was not a good year for wine and port.
A high strength 1978 vintage armagnac from Domaine de Lasgraves, a small producer in the Bas Armagnac region. They always distil at the beginning of winter as they believe that young wines produced the best armagnacs.
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 1968 vintage Armagnac produced at Domaine de Busquet from Baco grapes and bottled by negociants Francis Darroze. Bottled at 44 years of age in 2012, this is a fantastic example of an aged Bas-Armagnac.
A 1969 vintage Armagnac from Baco grapes grown at Domaine de Pounon and bottled by negociants Francis Darroze after forty years of maturation. Darroze have been selecting high quality casks to bottle since 1974 and are well respected in their field.
A 1967 vintage Armagnac selected by negociants Francis Darroze, but produced at Domaine de Busquet. Armagnac at this age (45 years) is fantastically complex and rich. This is an example of 100% Baco grape Armagnac.