For the past three centuries cognac has been almost universally recognised as the finest of all the spirits that are distilled from grapes. It has many incomparable qualities: fruitiness, subtlety of bouquet, intensity, warmth and, above all, the complexity of the many thousands of styles and flavours from a (predominantly) single grape variety. Read More »
A terrific VSOP from Hine, Rare is classed as Fine Champagne, meaning that the eaux-de-vie used are all from the Grande or Petite Champagne areas, with at least 50% from Grande Champagne. IWSC 2012 - Gold Outstanding Medal - Cognac
A Fine Champagne Cognac from A E Dor, a blend of 8 year old eaux-de-vie from both Petite and Grande Champagne regions. Light and delicate on the palate, yet with impressive flavour intensity, this is a delightful drop.
Winner of the Silver Medal at the Concours Général de Paris in 2007, plus Gold in 2003, as well as another Silver Medal at Concours Cognac in 2006 it proves that the average aging of 10 years for the Eaux-de-Vie that go into this cognac is worthwhile. The grower, Patrick Drouet, describes this Cognac as “in full bloom, with its vanilla aromas”.
An innovative age-statement cuvée from Courvoisier - unusual for the big houses to be so explicit about maturation time for their creations, but the 12yo label on this Borderies-based blend should have a broad appeal & perhaps even makes it more accessible to drinkers of other brown spirits (eg whisky).