Review: Darroze 20 Y.O. Les Grands Assemblages Bas Armagnac / by Jason Hambrey

20 years
Distilled from Wine from Colombard, Folle Blanche, and Ugni Blanc
Distiller Darroze (Bas-Armagnac, France)

Review (2016)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: 2015

In the 20 year old, some of the density begins to lift off the rich, oaky, and spicy younger sibling the 12 year old. We still have lots of dried fruit and spices, but it is more open – the fruit is a bit lighter and brighter, with some fresh citrus (orange, particularly) and berries coming in and rancio coming as well. Oh…and oak. Lots of it. The palate is full of dried fruit and oak, and some nice spices (cardamom and saffron) and, unfortunately, is a bit flat after such a beautiful nose. Still, however, terrific. The finish is rich, and oaky.

Assessment: Recommended.

Value: Low. This commands a decent price, and there are better armagnacs out there for the price.