Darroze sources exclusively from the region once known as the Grand Bas-Armagnac. Each estate is selected for typicity, terroir and quality.
The diversity of crus, vintages, grape varieties and styles held in the family cellars allows Marc Darroze to create masterly blends known as Les Grands Assemblages.
Chosen for their complementary characteristics, the selected Armagnacs in each blend are different ages. The age on each bottle indicates that of the youngest Armagnac in the blend. Each Grand Assemblage reveals the evolution of the spirit through aging in barrel and the resulting balance between alcohol, aromas and tannins.
All the Darroze vintage Bas-Armagnacs (known as their Unique Collection) are aged in barrels more or less new depending on the tannins required for at least 10 years, which is the legal minimum. The optimal balance between flavor, tannin and alcohol is reached after 12 to 15 years, after which they are transferred to older barrels. After 50 years, the vintage Armagnac is transferred to demijohns. The bottling date is shown on every label, indicating the length of barrel aging.
|With very little wood influence, this blend displays fruity aromas with notes of prune, candied orange zest and quince. Vibrant stone and berry fruit flavors with rich undertones and a seamless finish.
| Wine Enthusiast 93 points (Dec 2012)
This golden Armagnac is light and delicate, with aromatics of honey, fresh pears and peaches, and a light, creamy honey flavor that’s mixed with faintly perfumed white flower and pear notes. Although it almost seems a shame to mix, it would be lovely in an effervescent drink with ginger ale or sparkling wine.