At present we have in our ageing storage cellars armagnacs from more than 30 different estates located in various parts of Bas-Armagnac. The villages of Labastide d’Armagnac, Arthez d’Armagnac, Le Frêche, Villeneuve de Marsan, Le Bourdalat, Lacquy, Perquie, Hontanx, Mauléon d’Armagnac and du Houga have vineyards producing the best brandies. This area is what was used to be called “Grand Bas-Armagnac”. It is in this area of 15×25 kilometres that we focus with determination our never-ending quest to discover and hopefully acquire yet another small quantity (a cask here, a dame-jeanne there) of the characterful Armagnacs so typical of the region.
Château de La Brise, Domaine de Capdepont, Domaine de Touja, Domaine de Mahu, Domaine de Cavaillon, de Saint Aubin… have made the reputation of our company. Today they are replaced by the estates of Au Martin, Salié, Peyron, Jouanchicot, Coquillon, Monturon, Aux Ducs ou autres Aux Durre, Poutéou, Paguy, Busquet, Piheron, Bertruc, Gaube, Pounon and Peyrot but all are from this magic triangle of the “grand” Bas-Armagnac.
Francis and Marc Darroze roamed the estates on the best terroirs, that of the Grand Bas Armagnac and its tawny sands, to select, raise and bottle the most beautiful discoveries. Around 30 estates contribute to this extraordinary collection that complete and perfect their ageing in the Roquefort and Labastide dâArmagnac cellars. Rare and ancient barrels, where the eaux-de-vies leave the alembic from a small property, distilled by a reputed mobile distiller and that demand several decades of subtle and careful ageing in oak barrels for 15 to 50 years in order to express the qualities of the place and the vintage. No other Armagnac house can offer such diversity, and just from the fairly small area of Grand Bas Armagnac. The typical Armagnac farmer raises all the possible farm animals fed by many different crops plus a small vineyard the part production of which is distilled every year and aged in one or more barrels, which constitute the savings of the farm. A sick bull or a dying horse or tractor are repaired or replaced by the sale of a barrel. Multiply by the number of farms and years and you have the variety of the Darroze collection, so differentiated, because each farm is unique. Add to this no reduction , by water, only through ageing, no caramel colouring, the date of distillation and the date of bottling, because all that matters is the time spent in the barrel. Once in glass, nothing changes, nothing improves. A 1890 Armagnac bottled in 1900, is no better than a 2007 bottled in 2017, but collectors do not want you to know!