Dartigalongue Bas-Armagnac Hors d'Age

The oldest house in Armagnac, the Dartigalongue family began to distill in 1813 - they do not currently own vineyards, but work in partnership with the co-op to get grapes of great quality. Dartigalongue is in the western part of the Bas Armagnac - the soils of the west are sandier than those to the east. Vines grown in sandy soils tend to produce grapes with higher acidity, which results in very round spirits with plenty of finesse. Hors d'Age translates to "Beyond Age." It is a minimum equal to XO at 10 years, but many age longer. Dartigalongue ages its Hors d'Age for 15 years. Deep amber color, scents of baked apple, butter and black oak. The mouth is vibrant and generous, featuring baked apples, oak, some toffee and vanilla with hints of tobacco toward the end. The finish is long, fat and silky.