The “Original” V.S.O.P. is made using a combination of eaux-de-vie from grapes from the Grande Champagne, Petite Champagne and Fins Bois regions of Cognac. It has been aged for a minimum of 10 years in cask in Godet’s cellars.
The Domaine de Chez Maillard is an exceptional site producing outstanding cognacs. The vineyards have excellent chalky soils and receive above average sun due to their superb aspects.
For the past five years, owner Francis Abécassis has awakened the world to quality Fins Bois cognacs produced on this 53 hectare estate. He has not only renovated the entire estate and its vineyards, added modern stainless steel fermenting tanks and new ageing cellars but he has also ensured that the distillation is supervised by an award-winning distiller. Additionally, he has disposed of all cognacs not regarded as having the required typicity and invested in new oak— sound investments for the future of the estate’s cognacs, which have already begun to win medals and plaudits around the world.
Light gold with a nose of floral spice, dried hay, oak and a little touch of vanilla, pear and violets. Beautiful balance of flavour with an initial touch of vanilla and dried fruits followed by spice and oak. Finishes with good length, some richness and a little kick from the spirit.
The Guasch family have been in Gascony since the 12th century. They have owned the château at Bordeneuve since 1974 and are one of the region’s largest courtier and negociant operations. Today the father-and-son team of Jean-Claude and Thomas look after viticulture, vinification and distillation.
Bordeneuve has 30 hectares dedicated to vineyards; 75% are planted with ugni blanc and the rest with baco. The vineyards are superbly situated on very fine clay-sand soils, which are high in acidity and in some places mixed with iron, hence the name sables fauves or tawny sands. Boulbène topsoil, the characteristic regional sediment, is rich in limestone. The domaine is almost unique in the region as all its production is distilled into armagnac instead of wine.
Very supple on the nose dominated by impressions of vanilla and reminiscent of brioche. Quite velvety on the palate at the start followed by flavours of violets, prunes, and vanilla. A gentle but long finish evokes liquorice, cinnamon and dried fruit.
The Chateau was built by the “de Vinsons” family in 1480 during the reign of King Louis XIV. At the dawn of the renaissance period Beaulon’s architectural style was still flamboyantly gothic.
The vineyards of the château cover some 90 hectares. A deliberate and judicious choice of 9 grape varieties set the Château de Beaulon vineyards apart. Contrary to modern trends, Beaulon has remained faithful to the region’s traditional 16th century vine stocks : Folle Blanche, Colombard and Montils for Cognac ; Sémillons, Sauvignon for white pineau ; Cabernets Franc/Sauvignon and Merlots for red pineau.
The fertiliser used on the land is natural and organically based.
The 12 year old Beaulon is a stunning cognac.
Golden almost orange in appearance.
The nose has hints of bread, almond, gorse and wild peach, cinnamon, racy and complex.
The palate is fruity, very rich, fresh with a very long aftertaste.
“The Queen of the Hebrides’, Islay (pronounced “eye-la”) is located just off the west coast of Scotland. Its mild climate and rich peaty soil make it ideal for creating whisky, and despite having a population of not much more than 3,000, it’s home to no fewer than eight distilleries.
Bowmore Distillery has stood on the shores of Loch Indaal, a sea loch that opens out into the Atlantic Ocean, since 1779. The distillery’s proximity to the sea plays a vital role in shaping the final character of the spirit, which breathes in the salty sea air all the while it’s maturing.
It’s Bowmore’s unique combination of the purest water from the Laggan River, floor-malted barley that has been carefully smoked in a peat-fired kiln, the finest oak casks left to mature in their No. 1 Vaults, Islay’s natural environment and a dedicated team of craftsmen that together create the perfect balance for which Bowmore is renowned.
Bowmore’s now legendary No. 1 Vaults is a very special place indeed. The oldest maturation warehouse in Scotland and the only one below sea level, its dark, damp and cold conditions are perfect for maturing whisky. It’s here that Bowmore’s single malts spend their long lives maturing in specially selected oak casks, gradually developing the finest of flavours.
Matured in a combination of both bourbon and sherry casks, it’s the final three years spent in Oloroso sherry casks that gives Bowmore 15 Years Old ‘Darkest’, one of the most beautifully balanced Bowmores, the rich, deep colour reflected in its name, and its warming finish.
Dark amber in appearance, the nose has notes of rich dark chocolate, sun-dried fruits and a tell-tale wisp of Islay smoke. The palate has cedar wood and rich cocoa / toffee flavours with the typical Islay smoke in the background. The finish is rich and robust with a touch of sherry wood sweetness and tannin.
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