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Color: Intense amber.
Smell: The nose is intense and rich, very complex with aromas of coffee, spices and dried flowers.
Taste: On the palate it has good structure, body and length with persistent aftertaste of candied fruit.

Between Gers and Landes, the continuous 58% vol alembic and the "Charantais" system are adopted, recognized by the 1972 decree as of superior quality thanks to the elimination of impurities and the consequent achievement of a more refined and elegant brandy . The minimum aging of 7-8 years takes place in new (30%) Gasconia oak barrels of 400 liters.

Soil: Sandy-silty.
Grapes: Ugni Blanc, Baco and Folle Blanche.

Dartigalongue

It was in 1817, under the reign of Louis XVIII, that Pascal Dartigalongue was born. Coming from a family of winemakers based in Saint Lannes near Madiran, he spent his childhood in the heart of the wine vineyards and "Eau-de-Vie" (as Armagnac was called at the time). In 1838, under the reign of Louis Philippe, he settled in Nogaro thanks to the 10,000 gold francs that his father granted him of his share of the company which he had to leave to the elderly. His beginnings were difficult, but he soon realized that Armagnac was a product for export. Its Armagnacs, sold in barrels, have found markets in Belgium, Holland, England and even the United States. His business thrived and sales flourished when his nephew Joseph took over in 1870. This change saw rapid progression for the home, aided by the creation of the railways. Armagnac's export sales no longer depended entirely on the port of Bayonne. A few kilometers from Nogaro, the caravans were loaded and reached the northern European capitals of Rotterdam, Antwerp, London, Hamburg. Phylloxera arrived in Gers in the 1880s and gradually destroyed most of the Armagnac vineyards. It was a difficult decade for Joseph. By 1890, the French economy was flourishing: Paris became an important financial center and alcohol consumption was never more important. Joseph, whose health was fragile, decided to sell the company to his two sons André and Henri. In the midst of the "Belle époque", André founds an agency to represent the company in Paris, while his younger brother Henri stays in Nogaro to direct the production. This strategy was a great success, as in 1906 vintage Dartigalongue Armagnacs were on the menu at Café de Flore, Edouard VII, Café Riche and many other prestigious and luxurious Parisian hotels. In 1914 André and Henri had to leave for the war and so their father Joseph once again took over the management of the house. At the end of the war in 1918, André was seriously injured and Henri contracted a lung disease which reduced his activity. In 1930, a very young Pierre, son of Henri, joined the company and increased the sales of bottles first in France and then on foreign markets. In 1936 he was very successful in the United States and regularly traveled on the transatlantic line from Le Harve-New York. He signed a partnership with one of the most important New York distributors that lasted several decades. After the Second World War, Pierre continued to develop the American market and also began to face Europe with the countries of Belgium, Holland, Sweden and Norway. In the 1980s he entrusted the reins of the house to his son Jean-Pierre and his daughter Françoise. Jean-Pierre developed the European markets (Spain, Italy), then the United States in the early 2000s. Françoise was responsible for structuring sales in France to gourmet wine and food stores, delicatessens and restaurants, strengthening the image of the Dartigalongue brand nationwide. In 2010, Françoise Dartigalongue, then head of the company, convinces her granddaughter Virginie's husband, Benoit Hillion, to leave his job as an agronomist in Paris to settle in Nogaro and take over the business. Fascinated by the history of the house and by Françoise's enthusiasm and optimism, Benoit immediately oriented himself and galvanized the development of the house. He has participated in numerous trade fairs and found new partners in Japan, Australia, Russia and China. At the same time and continuing Francoise's work, he also travels through France meeting customers, wine and spirits merchants and restaurateurs who are increasingly numerous in their appreciation of the history of Dartigalongue.

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