deVine Thoughts

January 23, 2013

Virtual Tour of deVine’s

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 3:29 pm

Author: Dirk Chan

New on Google Maps is a virtual tour of deVine’s – check it out.

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You can take a complete virtual tour of the store, try zooming in and out in various sections, fun!…


January 5, 2013

The d’Armagnacs of Francis Darroze

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 1:40 pm

darroze_92_riestonAuthor: Dirk Chan

In the early 1970’s, Francis Darroze hunted throughout the Gascony countryside for the best barrels
of Armagnacs from various estates. In more than 40 years, the Darroze Collection grew and today
there is a very impressive selection of 250 different Armagnacs from 30 properties spanning more than
50 vintages. Francis’ son Marc, a trained oenologist takes care of the Armagnac aging today.

Bas Armagnac is a region in southwest France near Gascony, is one of three plantation areas in the
Armagnac area where grapes for the distillation of the Armagnac eau-de-vie can be cultivated. This distinctive brandy is distilled from grapes Colombard, Ugni Blanc and Baco 22A. Volume of production is much smaller than the more famous Cognac region. Armagnac is only distilled once (versus twice in Cognac’s), and is the oldest brandy distilled in France, and in the past was consumed for its therapeutic benefits.

While the law required a minimum of ten years of aging in oak barrels, Darroze will wait 15 or more years before releasing. deVine did a special order for the Darroze Collection of single estate and single vintage Bas Armagnacs for your consideration. Most of the vintages we’ve selected are those vintages where wine at a world wide level were not as successful, so as to provide vintage dated spirits for those hard to find birthyears. Very limited availability on these, so grab while supply lasts.

1963 Francis Darroze Chateau de Gaube – $424.99

1964 Francis Darroze Chateau de Gaube – $424.99

1974 Francis Darroze Domaine de Saubin – $224.99

1979 Francis Darroze Domaine de Busquet – $187.99

1982 Francis Darroze Domaine de Busquet – $181.99

1986 Francis Darroze Domaine de Bertruc – $159.99

1992 Francis Darroze Domaine de Rieston – $144.99

Other vintages not linked but available for sale include 1965, 1966, 1967, 1972, 1983, 1999 and 2000.


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