Darroze Le Luxe Gascon 1946 40.4% 700ml
Luxury in Gascony, and in Armagnac, is fuelled by values anchored around sharing, transmission, respect for the artisanal product, the requirement and excellence. It is in this spirit that the house Darroze sublimates its Armagnacs from the most beautiful soils. From generation to generation, old Armagnacs are kept preciously in the cellars, packaged in Dame-Jeannes (large glass bottles of 30 to 50 litres). Wonderful Armagnacs, as rare as they are full of history. Marc Darroze, around the values of authenticity and excellence, wished to sublimate some of these treasures hidden in these limited series titled Luxe Gascon. Luxury in Gascony is represented by this ability that producers, pastoralists have to keep Armagnacs for decades. Finesse, authenticity, rarity, elegance are all words that characterise these Armagnacs packaged in crystal carafe specially produced to sublimate these exceptional products. Each batch is unique (only a few bottles), each decanter is numbered and accompanied by a certificate certifying the origin and respect of all the steps to testify this particular luxury.
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 d’Armagnac 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!