This very old cognac comes from a family of notaries who’ve lived since 1794 near the small village of Saint-Sulpice de Cognac, in a beautiful 18th century home. There are traces of the family dating back to the French Revolution, when the Mayor of the village left an estate to his family. The property had vineyards planted on the most exceptional hillsides of the Borderies region. It is one of his descendants who produced this beautiful cognac, on the land that once belonged to his father, to his grandfather, and even to his great grandfather… And Guilhem bought this single cask from his great-great-grandson. These very ancient cognacs, of which only a few hectolitres are left, have been passed on for four generations, inherited each time by someone in the same family. The estate stopped producing cognac in 1981. It is at this date that the distillery closed and that the vines were sold to big neighbouring estates. The family heirs have accepted this and today take the greatest care in preserving this exceptional heritage which is sleeping in the cellars built centuries ago by their ancestors.
The colour is very amber. On the first nose, this cognac reveals discreet notes of violet (violet sweets…), of hyacinth and of tuber. These fragile and delicate notes are quickly covered by more powerful, almost spicy notes of dried flowers, leather, with pronounced rancio. On the palate, the attack is progressive; it is a testament to the great age of this cognac. The aromas of dried flowers, of old leather book covers and of spices immediately express themselves. The mouth is quickly seized by the spices and rancio, a token in itself of the authenticity of an old cognac. The finish is long, marked by a structured rancio along with notes of dried oranges and liquorice. An approachable cognac, despite being very “complete”.