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1995 Thierry Darrimajou "Domaine du Berdet" 21 Year Old K&L Exclusive Armagnac (750ml)

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Everything about Thierry Darrimajou is big. His big booming voice matches his substantial size and seems to reverberate around the tasting room as he describes his wares. He's got a gregarious laugh, bold sensibility, and a drive that is uncommon among the Landes'. His property, Domaine du Berdet, is situated in Bourdalat in that special zone on the border of Landes and the Gers just a few miles south of Lannemaignan. Thierry, who I've gather considers himself to be an accomplished winemaker as well brandy producer, owns 40 hectares (so not so small) planted to Ugni Blanc, Colombard and Baco for the Armagnacs, although only the Baco is used for the Armagnacs. He has dreams of tourists arriving to appreciate the meticulous care he's taken to build his new warehouse and tasting room. The Darrimajous have been focused on making high quality Armagnac for more than 50 years. The focus on tradition is important, but not at the expense of flavor. He spends a lot of time and money making sure that his Armagnac millésimés is extremely sound and well balanced. They do no blending and work only with vintages. That's extra work that lots of small producers avoid and soften the hard esters that can be off putting to some. He uses exclusively NEW Gascogne oak and works the brandies hard to create some of the cleanest most elegant Bas-Armagnacs we've ever come across. Easily some of the most approachable and inviting brandies in the store.

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Staff Image By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/28/2017 | Send Email
When I first arrived at Domain du Berdet a didn't expect to meet one of the most forward thinking producers of Armagnac. Theirry Darrimajou is a farmer, winemaker, and eleveur of Armagnac, but he has a vision for the future like no other producer in Gascogne. He envisions buses of tourists pulling up to his property and entertain them in his new clean and inviting tasting room/warehouse. IN order to keep the authentic aging environment, his warehouse is open ground with a drip irrigation system installed in the ground to keep the humidity at the correct level. The whole thing is unseen beneath a layer of gleaming white stones. Thierry spares no expense in the cellar, springing for new oak for every vintage and aerating the brandies several times a year to soften the strong esters. The baco here is very delicate on the sandy calcareous soils and the resulting spirit is one of the finest and most supple we've come across. Thierry adds a tiny splash of water every time he aerates believing that reduction at bottling time is sacrilege - I'm trying to convince him to leave them alone altogether, but that doesn't preclude this brandy from being exquisitely delicious. Big nose of dried plums and barrel spice. The palate nicely weighted without being overtly thick. Long and balanced on the finish. It's not one of these ultra funky armagnacs, but it might be the most inviting on the shelf and the price is unbeatable.

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Alcohol Content (%): 40