Each Bas-Armagnac offered by Darroze is different and respects the work of the winegrower by reproducing the name of the property on the bottle. The winegrower for the 1989 Darroze is Domaine de Salié - situated in the village of le Frêche, in the heart of the ‘Grand Bas Armagnac’ area, near the terroirs of Domaine de Pinas, Jouatmaou, Coquillon and Guillemouta. For the last decade or so, Gilles Sarraute has been looking after the vines and turned to organic farming in 2008.
Beautiful golden color, shiny. The fruit bursts forth in this very fresh nose: dried apricot, candied orange zest, melon jam, white peach). Fine spices accompany the fruits. On the palate, the tannins are fine and delicate. We find this freshness and this delicate fruit. Long in the mouth.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: “I cannot claim to have tasted all the finest Bas-Armagnacs, but I know of no one who makes finer Bas Armagnac than Darroze. All his Armagnacs are unblended from single vineyards from a single vintage. He is considered the “Pope of Armagnacs”… You haven’t tasted real old style Armagnacs until you try one of these incredibly intense, fiery creations. The aromas are undeniably heady, but deliver powerful yet complex scents of vanillin, leather, sauteed almonds, and hickory. Extremely full bodied and intense, the remarkable amount of fruit these Armagnacs possess and the astonishing richness they have set them apart from just about any other brandy on the market.”