Domaine de Danis Armagnac

Deeply rooted in the winegrowing history of the Armagnac region, the Domaine de Danis is driven by the passion of Victoire and Vincent Piquemal. The 38-hectare estate is renowned for its Côtes de Gascogne white wines. However, it also keeps a specialized corner for grapes destined for Armagnac production.

Victoire has a passion for the Folle Blanche grape variety. So much so that, since 1982, every vintage reflects this devotion. Earlier vintages, on the other hand, are the fruit of an alliance between the Baco and Ugni Blanc grapes. This winemaking know-how, although currently symbolized by the Piquemal family, dates back to previous generations. Indeed, the grandfather also had a green thumb for Armagnac, even if his creations did not bear the "Domaine de Danis" seal. It wasn't until 1986 that parents Victor and Aline Piquemal inaugurated the estate's first official bottlings.

After the harvest, the grapes are pressed and fermented to produce a wine with an alcohol content of around 9% to 10%. Unique in its method, Domaine de Danis does not have its own still. Instead, the tradition calls for a mobile distiller. Each year, this column still, run by Marc Saint Martin, makes the journey to the estate's cellars to perform its magical transformation. This wood-fired distillation produces an Eau de Vie fluctuating between 52% and 54%.

Preservation is just as meticulous. Domaine Danis features two cellars: one wet, the other dry. These environments are ideal for ageing, with some 120 barrels. The first ageing is in new Bartholomo barrels at Le Freche for at least a year. After that, for balanced maturation, the Armagnac is relocated to older barrels, some reaching the venerable age of 45 years.

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