The oldest house in Bas Armagnac, the Dartigalongue family began to distill in 1813. In 1838, Pascal Dartigalongue founded the first Maison d'Armagnac in Nogaro, the heart of the Bas Armagnac region. In 1870 son Joseph acquired a large vineyard in Salles d'Armagnac near Nogaro.
In 1978 great grandson Pierre Dartigalongue created his Museum in Nogaro which houses all the archives of Maison D'Armagnac, including all correspondence since 1838 and a fascinating collection of Vieux Armagnacs in their original bottles, dated 1829, 1848, 1852, 1870, and 1900.
In 2010, Françoise Dartigalongue, fifth generation producer, then the head of the company, convinced her niece Virginie’s husband, Benoit Hillion, to leave his job as an agronomist in Paris to settle in Nogaro and take over the business.
Seduced by the history of the House and by the enthusiasm and optimism of Françoise, Benoit quickly took over and boosted the development of the Maison.
XO: Min. 10 years old
Warm and honey gold color, scents of almond paste and fruits. In the mouth, the wood is light and not overpowering, allowing some flavors of tropical fruits, apricot and vanilla. The finish is medium long and elegant.
4 stars, Highly Recommended.
" Lovely mahogany color; flawless clarity. First nosings encounter ambrosial, wonderfully vibrant scents of ripe nectarines and pears, as well as spiced pear torte; secondary sniffs pick up more mature, wood influenced notes of oak sap, sawdust, pine 2 x 4, mushrooms, and cinnamon. Entry is nicely acidic so the first taste is fresh, clean, and crisp and this is followed by dried fruit flavors, namely dates, black raisins, and figs; the midpalate is the sweet-spot, in which the various aromatic and gustatory aspects merge into a singular flavor that's mature, bittersweet, tinged with baking spice, moderately oily / fatty, and harmonius. Toasty, sap- and maple-like, and a bit bitter on the finish as the taste profile retreats slightly from the full-out experience of the midpalate.
Paul Pacult, Spirit Journal, Dec. 2018
Wine Enthusiast, 2012
"Excellent / Highly Recommended 93 points"
"Highly Recommended / Best Buy"
Wine Enthusiast, 2002
"4 stars / Best Buy"
Spirit Journal, Dec. 2001
Hors d'Age: Min. 15 years old
Deep amber color, scents of baked apple, butter and black oak. The mouth is vibrant and generous, featuring again the baked apples, the oak and then some toffee and vanilla with some hints of tobacco toward the end. The finish is long, fat and silky.
5 stars! Highest Recommendation
"Cocoa brown color; flawless purity.... A session Bas-Armagnac that's refined, mature, and ambrosial. Absolutely must be on your brandy wish list."
Paul Pacult, Spirit Journal, 2018
San Francisco World Spirits Competition
91 points. "Excellent / Highly Recommended"
This beautiful, mahogany colored brandy has brilliant aromas of stewed plum, fresh apricot, dried wildflower, and a tiny hint of sweet ginger. The palate has charming rusticity with fierce but elegant tannin and a long contemplative finish."
Ultimate Spirits Challenge 2018
94 points. "Excellent / Highly Recommended"
Ultimate Spirits Challenge, 2012
Wine Enthusiast, 2012
BTI International Review of Spirits, 2011
"Highly Recommended / Best Buy"
Wine Enthusiast, 2002
Cuvée Louis Phillipe
A special blend of Armagnac over 35 years old created to celebrate the 170th anniversary of the house.
96 points. "Finalist / Ultimate Recommendation"
Ultimate Spirits Challenge, 2013
International Spirits Competition, 2014
International Wine & Spirits Competition, 2014
Gold - Jury Grand Prize
Talents l'Armagnac, 2013
"Because I am a fancy spirits writer, occasionally people give me things that are very fine indeed; things like the Dartigalongue Louis Philippe Bas Armagnac, a blend of casks distilled in 1974 and 1976. Richer than Dubai, mellower than Snoop Dogg, with a finish longer than the Game of Thrones books put together, it's something I could quit my job for and spend all day every day sipping. Unfortunately, though, because no matter how fancy, I'm still just a spirits writer. Once the one bottle I was given is gone, nobody's going to send me another, and there's no way on earth I could afford it on my own. Carpe diem."
25 Year Old Grande Eau-de-Vie
This Grand Eau-de-Vie was created by the cellar master to illustrate the beauty and richness of their Armagnac. The youngest vintage used in this wonderful expression has spent a minimum of 25 years in oak barrels, but some of the eau-de-vie in the composition are much older; and since the barrel is never completely emptied, there remain Armagnacs inside that are many decades old.
Tasting Notes from Benoit Hillion, Director of Dartigalongue:
Blend of several vintages aged much more than 25 years in oak barrels.
Nose: Vanilla, dried fruits, spices on the nose, as well as white flower notes after a short aeration.
Palate: The palate is intense, developing aromas of dried fruits, spices, hints of "rancio," with a wonderful licorice finish.
Very subtle and elegant extra old blend.
Chairman's Trophy / 97 points / Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation
"A whiff of fruitcake on the nose delivers plenty of dried fruits and Christmas spices. The fruitcake intensifies on the palate before notes of licorice and something reminiscent old library books are revealed."
Ultimate Spirits Challenge, 2017
5 stars / Highest Recommendation
"The dense copper color is dazzling and free from sediment. First sniffs detect old leather-bound books, library, coffee grounds, saddle leather, and cedar; more time in the glass releases bakery-like aromas of mincemeat pie, allspice, and biscuit batter. Entry is seductively succulent, as in dried apricot, white raisins, and prune, as well as piquant with freshly ground pepper; midpalate highlights the dried fruits and adds astringent flavors such as citrus peel, nutmeg, flaxseed oil, and litchi. Finishes gracefully and medium long, with a charming ending flurry of oak resin/maple. Very nice indeed."
Paul Pacult, Spirit Journal, 2017
"Vintages are typical in Armagnac and Dartigalongue has an impressive collection with most years and even some from 1829. The best sommeliers in the world choose Dartigalongue and dinners are regularly built around their Armagnacs. Menus from top Parisien establishments, including the Moulin Rouge, adorn the walls of the company’s museum that also boasts an awe inspiring number of documents from the beginning of the company’s creation." - Amanda Garnham, French Entree
Dartigalongue 1848, 1893, 1900, 1918, and 1929 extremely rare vintages.
96 points, finalist. "Rich caramel on the nose, with undertones of spiced raisin bread. Medium thick and rich in the mouth, it is supple and round with deeply concentrated flavors of peach, nutmeg, dried figs and light blonde caramel. A pleasure to drink. Extraordinary, ultimate recommendation." Ultimate Spirits Challenge, 2015
5 stars - Highest Recommendation. "Dark bronze / chestnut color is pretty and pure. I'm picking up all sorts of dried fruits, especially raisins, dates, prunes, and dried cherry in the initial nosing passes and there's also barely perceptible nuances of kiwi and loose cigarette tobacco; second stage nosings detect dried apricot, quince, and pineapple plus newly tanned leather. Entry is wonderfully ambrosial, ripe with orchard fruits, hefty in texture, ribboned with tangy flavors of cinnamon, clove; midpalate is a textbook on Bas-Armagnac glory as the entry findings are solidified by the velvety texture that the supports the luscious honey-nut, dried fruit flavors through to the end of the succulent aftertaste. A B-A in perfect harmony and at the peak of its lifecycle." Paul Pacult, Spirit Journal, Sept. 2015; Best of the Best Issue, June 2017
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