Bas Armagnac Dartigalongue: when creation becomes art
The history of Bas Armagnac Dartigalongue dates back to 1838 under the reign of Louis XVII when Pascal Dartigalongue, heir to a wine-growing tradition that was already centuries old, moved to Nogaro after a happy childhood and adolescence between vine plantations and Eau-de-vie, the ancient name of the current Armagnac.
The Bas Armagnac Dartigalongue is the heir to a story that grew up in the heart of the French Belle Epoque, in the most luxurious premises of the Ville Lumiere including the Cafè de Flore, the Edouard VII and the famous Cafè Riche, tasted by the creams of Parisian high society that contributed to its spread and great fame that soon went beyond the borders of France finding markets in Belgium, Holland, England and the United States.
L'Eau-de-vie is the original name of Armagnac, as this typical French product is a distillate of brandy as well as the oldest distillate that the region can historically count.
The Dartigalongue family takes care of and selects always its best white eaux-de-vie of three main varieties: Ugni Blanc, which gives the distillate its characteristic fruity note, the Baco 22A, specific Bas Armagnac AOC which gives structure and body to the spirit of the deistillate, and Folle Blanche which gives finesse and elegance to the palate balancing the whole.
All the eaux-de.The roads are cultivated in the homonymous region of France Bas Armagnac whose terroir, silty and sandy, gives the finished product a characteristic finesse and velvety texture to the palate, making a soft distillate actually full-bodied and arrogantly forged by the barrel wood for decades before being bottled.
Bas Armagnac is distilled in plate stills, continuously and with a low alcohol content, which is characteristic of Armagnac's distillation, in order to guarantee maximum preservation of aromas and complexity of scents and flavours.
Asked in ancient oak barrels, strictly made of local Gascon wood, they are one of the main ingredients of this special distillate, giving it an absolutely unique structure.
Finally, the Bas Armagnac Dartigalongue finishes its aging in two types of cellar: dry to calm the fire that characterizes the young eaux-de-vie damping their strength, and damp cellars to give the final roundness and softness, all within the gascon wood barrels for 40 or even 50 years.