Darroze Domaine de Rieston 1995 (48.8%): Second Armagnac of the "One Darroze a Day" series is also from Bas-Armagnac region and this time it's from Domaine de Rieston which exclusively works with Darroze. Usually their distillate goes first into brand new French oak casks for 3 - 4 years and then transferred to older and previously used casks for longer aging. It is again distilled 100% from Baco grapes and the cask is filled in 1995.
Color: Medium amber, copper color with very persistent oily teardrops around the glass slowly turning into legs.
Nose: Boiled sausage, ground coriander and ground ginger. Old hardwood furniture, welding job done nearby and metal flask.
Palate: Thick and oily texture... Preserved grape leaves, olive brine and oregano. It's herbal and a little tart. Grape skins, dry clay and quince paste. Fresh dill and tarragon.
Finish: Long with black pepper and pepperoncini.
Overall: I really enjoyed how tart, herbal and green this one was. It is more on the savory side rather than being sweet. It almost feels like they whole cluster pressed the grapes and let them ferment a little with all that pomace. It is definitely an Armagnac I would love to have a bottle of at home.