By: David Othenin-Girard
K&L Staff Member
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.