Vintage cognac (deposited at ORECO on February 27, 1992) from vines exposed to the spray of the Atlantic Ocean, worked by a young winegrower located in the town of St Pierre d’Oléron, on the Ile d’Oléron. This island benefits from the influence of the Gulf Stream and enjoys almost Mediterranean sunshine. There are plants that are not very present on the coast, such as mimosa and tamarisk, giving it the nickname of “the island of herbs”. However, the production of Cognac is discredited there and today only around 1,100 hectares of vines remain intended for the production of Cognac, that is to say, four times less than in the Borderies!
Old gold dress. This vintage Cognac is a fabulous expression of this terroir, with its aromas of wild coast, sunny beach and sweet spices (sunscreen?). Without any particular elegance (“rustic but with a beautiful structure and a good attack”, writes Andreas Larsson, best sommelier in the world 2007), it is a Cognac which nevertheless provides a certain pleasure: powerful, generous, wild.
“A great introduction to the pleasure of vintage cognacs” L’Express Style, 2009.
Cognac de Collection Jean Grosperrin – Artisanal Vintages - Jean Grosperrin worked as a cognac broker in the Cognac region. A broker in eaux-de-vie plays a very discreet yet strategic role between the producer and the buyer. His job is to evaluate the quality of the eaux-de-vie and to introduce interested parties to each other. His profession takes him to many cellars to estimate the value of different batches, among which there are sometimes some very old cognacs. Practically all vine growers distil their own harvest and they usually conserve, as former generations have done before them, some barrels of cognac in their cellars. These family treasures are very rarely up for sale and the transactions are very confidential. It is these cognacs, sometimes very atypical with strong personalities that Jean and his son Guilhem (since 2004) seek to obtain in all the appellations of Cognac. And digging into documents, family histories allows for description and anecdotes on each cognac which makes great reading. Tasting Notes are precise, to the point, short, not at all the excessive praise and lies. And their selections and vintages are astonishing. Success means, that supplies run out often.