70cl / 40%
Hors d'Age Cognac
Aged around 30 years in oak before bottling, this Hors d'Age from Guillon Painturaud retains the house style of medium-weighted spirits still very vibrantly fruity even at this great age. This style of cognac will appeal to fans of Remy Martin rather than some of the more weighty big-hitters like Hennessy.
Tasting Notes by Tim F
Nose: Quite rich and woody. Stewed pear and cigar box aromas initially, a dusting of cinnamon and mocha/cocoa notes. Develops ginger and grapey, almost Port-like aromas, with cooked red apples, damson jam and polished church pews. Evidently a long-aged spirit.
Palate: Medium-full. Very slick mouthfeel. Quite prominent spice attack, then intense fruit: apple, plum, damson, raisin, even a hint of sloes. Exceptionally rounded, with some quite prominent woodspice.
Finish: Becomes drying and more spicy in the mouth as with most spirits of this age, but retains good harmonious leathery fruit in the background. Hints of red liquorice at the death.
Comment: Extremely clean and pleasingly intricate palate. Good to taste an old cognac retaining such vibrant fruit character. Very, very drinkable.
1 Customer Review
I don't like sharing my prized possessions but everyone who has had a glass of this says it is the best they have ever tasted. It is interesting to see the note on the Guillon-Painturaud Vieille Reserve here that in France those in the know, through Guide Hachette, reckon the younger cognac is one of the finest on the market. This is even better; finer and even more delicate.