Dartigalongue Vintage 1996 - Seelbach's
This is the first international pick from Seelbach's. I've been hunting for a great Armagnac for close to two years now. Finally, the right cask came along! Dollar for dollar, I don't think it gets any better than an incredible 23-year-old spirit for less than $150.
The nose is stewed apples and vanilla. It bounces between dried cherries and raisins to light cinnamon and nutmeg spice. That taste is complex. It's cherry cobbler with a buttery crust. Absolutely stunning.
I will pair this with every cigar I smoke for the next month.
The oldest house in Bas Armagnac, the Dartigalongue family began to distill in 1813. In 1838, Pascal Dartigalongue founded the first Maison d'Armagnac in Nogaro, the heart of the Bas Armagnac region. In 1870 son Joseph acquired a large vineyard in Salles d'Armagnac near Nogaro.
In 1978 great grandson Pierre Dartigalongue created his Museum in Nogaro which houses all the archives of Maison D'Armagnac, including all correspondence since 1838 and a fascinating collection of Vieux Armagnacs in their original bottles, dated 1829, 1848, 1852, 1870, and 1900.
In 2010, Françoise Dartigalongue, fifth-generation producer, then the head of the company, convinced her niece Virginie’s husband, Benoit Hillion, to leave his job as an agronomist in Paris to settle in Nogaro and take over the business.
Seduced by the history of the House and by the enthusiasm and optimism of Françoise, Benoit quickly took over and boosted the development of the Maison.