Monday, April 17, 2017
One of my go-to recommendations for people wanting to try an Armagnac is Darroze Les Grands Assemblages 20 year old. Darroze is an independent bottler with a large selection of casks at their disposal. Most of what they bottle are single barrels but their Les Grands Assemblages series are blends of their different casks. Today, I'm lucky enough to sample the 50 year old Armagnac from this series.
Darroze Les Grands Assemblages 50, 42% abv ($350)
The nose is spicy with overripe fruit. The nose is a bit flat but it really comes alive on the palate with big fruit notes at the front end, followed by spicy mint and earthy notes leading to a peppery, somewhat medicinal finish.
As with all of Darroze's blends, this one seems calculated for mass appeal. It's very good, but there are probably other brandies I'd buy before spending $350 on it.
Thanks to My Annoying Opinions for the sample.