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A pure Grande Champagne from the hills around St Preuil, aged from distillation in old barrels in an extremely damp cellar, resulting in an unusually pale colour for a 30 year old. A wonderfully natural cognac, with minimal wood.
: Brilliant, unusually pale gold for a 30 year old, thanks to ageing in old barrels and a cool, damp cellar.
A dazzling array of rich and complex aromas all in perfect balance. Delightfully precise. A ‘rancio’ combination of bitter oranges, black pepper, a profusion of spices and especially nutmeg, Virginia tobacco and leather. Exceptional.
Precise and clean, the attack is explosive in flavour, without being aggressive. The nose aromas are all present together with a strong note of fresh hazelnuts. Excellent length in a well-structured finish with subtle tannins (barrels of close grained oak).
An excellent example of a totally natural Grande Champagne, left to its own devices for 30 years in perfect ageing conditions, with the extremely rare quality of seeming ‘eternal’ - suspended in time at peak perfection.
A Limited Edition, only 288 bottles of 30 Year Old will be put on the market in 2016.
A cognac to be appreciated slowly and preferably neat.
The walls of the House were once covered in brightly coloured murals, of which sadly only traces remain after they
were damaged by layers of plaster in a previous century.
While working in the House, Julia Hasse discovered that in certain lights the now bare walls fleetingly decorate themselves, as if to remind us of their former glory.
A ray of winter sunshine passing through a leaded window cast this shadow on the stone wall. Seconds later the shadow had gone as the sun moved on and I was delighted to have captured the ephemeral beauty of the moment.
- Julia Hasse