CRU: Grande Cru.
ABV: 41% Vol.
Made on a small shallot shaped still, this cognac has big potential for flavour. It has spent 27 years in an oak cask slowly developing and maturing with the oak tannins. There are flavours of rich spices, toffee brittle with some pineapple and dried orange peel on the tail. Only small quantities of this fine cognac remain.
AROMA: Some toffee on the nose with roasted nut, some spices and just a hint of pineapple.
AGEING: 350 litre casks, 6 to 8 months in new and then old Limousin casks. Cellars are medium damp with natural floors.
DISTILLATION: Small estate and well-known family in the area. Distillation is on a small still with a relatively straight sided still head which minimizes rectification. This together with a heavy lees enables maximum wine flavours. The producer does not have to rely on negociant sales so has been able to concentrate on his own style.
FLAVOUR: There is a rich spice and coffee flavour with mature pineapple in the background and a dry orange peel finish.
GRAPES: Mainly Ugni Blanc but some Folle Blanche is also known to be available and used in this cognac.
REDUCTION AND STRENGTH: This cognac is reduced in strength and matured in newer casks with some added wood chips to increase the reaction of wood with the natural tannins. Reduction at this level takes nearly two years to complete.
VITICULTURE: The soil here is flatter than that around Segonzac and the Coniaçian chalk is similar to that on which the town of Cognac is built. The weather here is at its most even with only nominal extremes of hot and cold and low rain fall.