Armagnac 1918 Croix de Salles
Bas-Armagnac, Glass wax shoulder button
Provenance: Sotheby's Chicago, 10/9/1999
Armagnac is France's oldest and most prestigious wine-based eau-de-vie. In the 16th century, it was sold over the counter in pharmacies as a "medicine". Armagnac began to be aged in oak barrels in the 17th century. Nowadays, the Armagnac region can be divided into three production areas: Bas-Armagnac, Ténarèze and Haut-Armagnac. Unlike Cognac, Armagnac is comprised of a broad palette of grape varieties, each very different, allowing for a very particular aromatic balance: Bacco adds to the wine's structure and lends it full-bodied, rich and dense aromas that require long ageing processes to fully express their roundness, smoothness and length on the palate. Folle Blanche, on the other hand, provides freshness and fruitiness in the first years of ageing. Ugni Blanc, ideal for distilling, as well as Colombard, are the final names on the region's list of most common grape varieties. When aged for 15 years or more, Armagnac displays flavours of hazelnut, orange peel, cocoa, and prunes combined with aromas of rose, verbena, leather, vanilla and even cinnamon. These Armagnacs are very dense and rounded and fully express their soil. After 25 years, Armagnacs lose their potency and mellow. Their original character gives way to oak barrel fragrances and their length on the palate becomes truly remarkable.
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Croix de Salles
The location of Dartigalongue house is in the Gers region, in the heart of Gascony. The company was founded in 1838 by Pascal Dartigalongue. In 1870 he acquired the vineyard "Lacroutz," from which also comes the Armagnac "Croix de Salles." Today, the family-owned company, which lives on service and quality, is still true to its motto: "My Armagnac-my strength."
Typical black oak barrels
Unlike cognac, the Armagnac is distilled only once and then stored in the typical black oak barrels for 3-20 years. During this process, it also develops its dark, amber glow, as well as the characteristic aroma of baking plums, vanilla, licorice and much more. Some people say, it has a stronger flavor than the cognac and therefore described as very noble and supple.