After sixty years, most had evaporated; but what remained was sublime."
We found these casks in a tiny distillery lost in the woods near Cognac. They lay where they had been put soon after the wine was distilled in an old-fashioned, wood-fired copper still. After sixty years, most had evaporated; but what remained was sublime.
We obtained only some 478 bottles, which we offer for your delight. Like our whisky, this great cognac is bottled by hand and sealed with wax, then placed in its velvet-lined leather box. And you get a 50ml miniature, too, so you need not broach the big bottle in order to appreciate its delicate beauty.
That way, the precious liquid will stay, unchanged, for hundreds of years if necessary, so that it can be savoured by your children, even their childrens children.
During its long sleep in the cellars much has been given to this great cognac, and much taken away. The oak reacts with the spirit to yield rich vanilla flavours and a deep bronze colour. The air, slowly seeping through the oak, removes any harshness that there was to start with. Sadly, at the same time, the angels take almost half the volume with them. But what remains is more than doubly precious.
Ben Howkins Tasting Notes:
Elegance, a lightness of touch. Not overdone in any way. Dry with maturity. Totally in harmony. Very refined.
The aromas lead you happily into the first taste. The follow-through is like entering a beautiful garden.
All sorts of tastes play on the tongue. The there is a soft explosion as though the sun had just burst through. There is a steely backbone. All is lit up. Then after a few minutes, the sun withdraws gently leaving a wonderful warm, seductive feeling.
The taste remains. There is a refreshing cleanness that can only come with the highest quality and the optimum age. I was constantly reminded of the classic vintages of Bordeaux at the highest level. Lafite, not Latour ,springs immediately to mind. Not a bad benchmark