This entry degree Cognac is a mix of 25% Grande Champagne/Petite Champagne eau de vie and 75% Fins Bois eau de vie. It spends simply two years in small oak barrels earlier than bottling, qualifying it as a VS expression. Let’s dive in.
The nostril has lots of the hallmarks of younger Cognac — barely astringent and toasty with contemporary lumber notes, however expressive with candy fruit components. Few surprises await on the palate, which is nice and expressive with notes of ripe banana, apple, and caramel, fading to notes of lemon curd and chocolate with time in glass. The marginally perfumed notes of fresh linen, a traditional element of younger brandies, are properly represented right here, finally making their means towards a spicier, incense-dusted character on the end. There’s a lot to take pleasure in right here, however the expression does come throughout as slightly blunt and a bit saccharine, its sweetness missing any sense of nuance.
For straight sipping, this expression gained’t blow any Cognac fan’s thoughts, however it might be effective in, say, a Sidecar.