DARROZE Bas-Armagnac "Domaine de Bellair" 1981 - 70 cl
Wine Region: Armagnac - France
Grape: Folle Blanche
Tasting notes: Beautiful amber colour, golden tints. The nose is marked by aromas of nuts, almonds, toast, mocha, gingerbread, tobacco. Still very fresh despite these marked aromas of ageing. On the palate, candied fruit still accompanies this strong character of a 40-year-old Armagnac. Long in the palate.
About the winery: As the son of acclaimed chef Jean Darroze, Francis had a natural inclination to the culinary arts and a taste for tradition and authenticity. He channelled this into a passioned search for quality individual estate Armagnacs, starting as a trader and producer of vintage Bas-Armagnacs in 1974. With the utmost respect for the spirit, alcohol levels are reduced through years of evaporation through ageing — never through dilution with water. Blending and colouring agents are also prohibited. And to prolong the ageing process, the Armagnac is only bottled when ordered. The business is now in the hands of Francis' son Marc, a trained oenologist.