DARROZE Bas-Armagnac "Domaine de Bellair" 1985 - 70cl
Wine Region: Armagnac - France
Grape: Folle Blanche
Tasting notes: Brown colour with golden tints. This nose shows both spicy (clove, pepper), woody (tobacco, toast) and fruity aromas (prune, quince). On the palate, the attack is supple, the tannins round. A nice balance with a more fruity end (candied orange peel, ripe apricot). Superb. length.
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.