A 1988 vintage Bas Armagnac from Clos Martin. A rare example of Armagnac distilled entirely from Folle Blanche grapes, this is made in small stills. These produce a spirit at 52%, rather than into the 60s, as most other houses in the region do. The result is an Armagnac packed with aromas which is also rich and earthy.
A 1998 vintage Armagnac produced by Domaine de Salie and bottled by Francis Darroze in 2013. Darroze have been travelling the Armagnac region and selecting their favourite casks to bottle since 1974. The cépage for this is 100% Baco
A 1986 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.
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 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.
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.