Francis Darroze first developed his love for Armagnac while working as a sommelier in his family's two-star Michelin restaurant in Bas- Armagnac. In 1974, he began producing and trading Armagnac and specialized in single vintage, single estate, cask strength Bas Armagnacs.
All the Darroze vintage Bas-Armagnacs (known as their Unique Collection) are aged in barrels – more or less new depending on the tannins required – for at least 10 years, which is the legal minimum. The optimal balance between flavor, tannin and alcohol is reached after 12 to 15 years, after which they are transferred to older barrels.
The 12 year old exhibits the aromas of ageing and the fruit that is still present, is accompanied by the first aromas of soft spices such as liquorice and cinnamon. Still quite fiery, this eau de vie will become more complex after a few minutes breathing in your glass.