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Darroze Armagnac Masterclass With Marc Darroze


Darroze, one of Armagnac’s most famous names, will be stepping into the Oak Barrel early June for an intimate masterclass featuring 50-year-old spirit and a range of single vintages – one of which has been voted the best spirit in the world, beating out cognacs, whiskies, rums and everything else along the way.

Armagnac is a funny drink. Despite the high quality of the spirit, Armagnac is often overlooked simply because it is ‘not Cognac’. Just like Cognac, Armagnac is a French brandy produced by distilling grapes. The very apparent silver lining on the lack of global awareness for Armagnac is that there is a range of exceptional, available drinks – from some very old vintages – around for amazing prices.

Take the Darroze family for example. Francis and his son Marc, much in the tradition of Francis’ own father Jean, have spent decades travelling around the Bas-Armagnac terroir searching out exquisite spirits.

Their Unique Collection series are some of the most highly regarded Armagnacs that have been bottled, offered at cask strength, without blending domaines or vintages. Their Grand Assemblages expressions are exceptional blended domains and ages, with the youngest spirit in the blend represented on the bottle – much like an independent whisky bottler would do it.

Darroze Armagnac’s owner Marc Darroze (top image, right) will be making a swift visit to Australia and stopping by The Oak Barrel for an intimate masterclass. As well as presenting a range of vintage releases, he’ll be explaining exactly what it means to bottle Grand Bas Armagnac and showcasing the vast diversity of Darroze’s substantial aging stocks.

The Darroze 1980 Poste was last year voted the number one spirit in the world by Spirit Journal (whiskies Port Ellen and George T Stagg, cognac Tesseron and rum Diplomatico rounded out the top 5). We'll be cracking one for this event.

After we snuck a couple of Armagnacs into last year’s Whisky Fair and they proved a big hit we’re expecting this event to sell very quickly. And as we’ve only got Marc for a very short time, there will only be one event – so don’t delay.

We’ll be trying the following Armagnacs:

Darroze 1999 Rieston
Darroze 1981 Guillemouta
Darroze 1980 Poste
Darroze 1973 Bernadotte
Darroze 20 Year Old Les Grands Assemblages
Darroze 50 Year Old Les Grands Assemblages

WHAT: Darroze Armagnac Masterclass With Marc Darroze
WHERE: The Oak Barrel, 152 Elizabeth St, Sydney 2000
WHEN: Friday 3 June, 6.15pm for a 6.30pm start
PRICE: Members $25 / Non-Members $35

The Oak Barrel reserves the right to change the line-up of Armagnac due to unforseen cicumstances. Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferrable.

Scott Fitzsimons