Darroze Les Grand Assemblages "20 Year Old" Bas-Armagnac (750ml)

SKU #1133147 93 points Vinous

 At 20 years old, scoured from barrels throughout Bas-Armagnac, this is the finest of Darroze’s blends. Nutty, with prune, dried apricot and spice, with freshness throughout. Bas-Armagnac, 40% abv. (JW)  (7/2018)

K&L Notes

Absolutely stunning Armagnac with incredible richness, spice, and balance. I can't say it enough, so I'll say it again: every Bourbon drinker who's out there chasing things like Pappy 20 or BMH 16 should be stocking up on things like this instead. Or maybe I shouldn't say that because the people who actually drink Armagnac regularly will get pissy. In any case, this is a slam dunk spirit. Big wood, lots of spice and vanilla, and a rustic fruit character with seamless execution. My new favorite brandy for the moment. (David Driscoll, K&L Spirits Buyer)


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By: Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/18/2019 | Send Email
The Armagnac discussion has recently been dominated by single cask, vintage, ultra rare bottlings. While that focus is well deserved due to exceptional quality, rarity, and affordability, I think that has come as the disservice of some of the classic blends. Marc Darroze and his family have been distilling Armagnac for farmers for decades. By taking payment for their services in the form of distillate, they have amassed one of the greatest collections of Armagnac stocks on the planet. Marc's prowess as a blender is unmatched and the results I think reach an apex of quality/price in the 20 year assemblages. It's nearly impossible to beat for complexity of flavor, accessibility of profile, and pure deliciousness. All for just a hundred bucks. The nose is packed with fruit, wood spice, and a touch of sweet tobacco leaf. The palate is expansive and soft without ever being flabby. An unparallelled finish where everything lingers in its purest and clearest form, is the true achievement and mark of unrivaled quality.

By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/11/2017 | Send Email
The exceptional Darroze 20 year is a tribute not only to the incredibly high quality stocks that Marc Darroze has in the chais, but also to his exceptional skill as a blender. The resulting Armagnac is one of the most elegant and well put together products of any kind. Expect bold notes of dense tropical fruit (mango and guava), soft supple tannins and rich, but not syrupy mouth feel. This is a great age for Armagnac as you have the freshness and intensity on display, but all the edges are starting to round out. This is something that should always be open in the back of the bar, just to keep you steady.

By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/19/2015 | Send Email
The great Armagnac we carry at the moment. A marriage of 20 year old brandies from various properties, distilled by Marc Darroze, and packaged at one hot price. Bourbon drinkers might want to take note. This smokes Pappy 20 any day of the week.

By: Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/10/2013 | Send Email
This is a world class Armagnac that I think is absolutely delicious. It is soft with round subtle complex carmel and fruit flavors that make a bright and interesting drink. A great way to end an evening.

Additional Information:

Varietal:

Armagnac

Country:

France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.
Sub-Region:

Armagnac

Specific Appellation:

Bas-Armagnac

Alcohol Content (%): 43