Tasting notes: Brown colour, gold highlights. Ageing aromas dominate cocoa, liquorice, leather, tobacco. Intense and fine at once. On the palate, the tannins are silky and gently sweetened in the attack. Then, aromatic explosion: candied fruits, spices, rancio. Long finish.
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.