1980 Darroze Domaine de Rimaillo 39 Year Old Cask Strength Bas-Armagnac (700ml)
$310. 00 Bottle
Francis and Marc Darroze roam the best estates and terroirs of Bas Armagnac in search of the most beautiful and distinctive brandies. Around 30 estates contribute to their "Unique Collection" with each barrel finishing its ageing in the Roquefort and Labastide d’Armagnac cellars.These are rustic spirits, entering the alembic via small vineyards, distilled by reputable mobile distillers, each demanding several decades of careful ageing in oak barrels in order to express a sense of place and vintage. The typical Armagnac grower raises a range of animals fed by many different crops, plus a small vineyard, part of which is distilled every year and aged in one or more barrels which constitute the savings of the farm. A sick bull, a dying horse or a retiring tractor are repaired or replaced by the sale of a barrel. Multiply the number of farms and vintages and you have the dizzying variety of the Darroze collection: Different because each farm is almost as unique as each barrel. Add to this zero reduction (only through ageing), no caramel colouring as well as labeling transparency and you have Armagnacs that are all about the time in oak (once in glass, nothing improves or changes. An 1890 Armagnac bottled in 1900 is no better than a 2007 bottled in 2017, but collectors don't want you to know that!) The 1980 Domaine de Rimaillo was sourced from the farm of Madame Larrieu, based on sandy soils in the village of Nogaro where 30 year old Ugni Blanc grapes are grown. The juice was distilled by Lestage / Ponsolla and aged in locally made barrels before being bottled in 2019. Notes from Darroze... Nice golden and brilliant colour. Some fruit notes )quince, orange peels, apricot) are dominant in the nose. With air, the Armagnac reveals fines spiced flavours and some very delicate oaky fragrances. On the palate, again fruits and spices. Tannins are silky and fine. 40.9% Alc./Vol.