It was in 1838 during the reign of Louis Phillipe that Pascal Dartigalongue, originally from Saint Lannes near Madiran, moved to Nogaro in the Gers and founded his maison d’Armagnac which is alive and well today. He very quickly realised that Armagnac could be a successful export product.
Despite many difficulties he managed to send oak casks of Armagnac to Bayonne where they would be shipped on to Holland and England.In 1870 he acquired the present vineyard, “lacroutz”, at Salles d’Armagnac. In about 1900 Joseph’s son Henri took over the family business.
It was at this time that Eau de vie officially became Know as Armagnac and acquired the appellation ‘Jaune d’Or’. Thanks to the continuing expansion of the railways the trade in Armagnac also continued to grow.In 1930 Henri’s very young son Pierre took on the responsibility of visiting their clients, first in France and later abroad.
This initiative increased sales dramatically. In 1936, at the end of prohibition, he went to the USA and did some very good business with the Americans. After the end of the second world war he developed the sale of Armagnac throughout Europe.
His son Jean-Pierre and his daughter Françoise now run the family business. They take pride in maintaining the century and half old family traditions of service and quality and living up to the family motto “My Armagnac, my strength” and now, it is also available in Australia.
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This 1998 Vintage was aged for 15 years in Oak barrels.