The new kid of the range has, like all the little ones, been the subject of special attention.
I thought it would be interesting to age the last year of the century in a separate and unique cellar. The entire 1999 harvest has aged in the cellar of Villeneuve-Haut, slightly less humid than those of Montendres. It was bottled at the end of 2017.
Aromatically, it is the bridge between the flower of Napoleon and the fruits of the old reserve (X.O.). The aroma of Napoleon’s vine flower intensifies and becomes more captivating; the fruity side of the old reserve appears. This combination of aromas, as well as the aging in dryer cellars, give a higher liveliness and make it a more “intense” cognac. Its success with our amateur customers confirms us in the style of the house: single year and single vintage cognac.
Paul Giraud Cognac is an old family farm located in Bouteville, a small village in the heart of Grande Champagne, since at least 1635. A family stock of old Eaux-de-vie can offer fans a complete range.
They produce 100% Grande Champagne single vintage cognac and 100% single year, except for Heritage and Noblesse that are blends. The current area of the vineyard is 42 hectares, all planted in Ugni-blanc and located in the town of Bouteville, in the heart of the Grande Champagne, on chalky grounds of the Campanian and Santonien limestones.
For a very long time, they have been practising a reasoned and environmentally friendly culture. Thus, for more than 30 years, manures have been made with organic fertilisers associated with soil ploughing. In addition, a large part of the vineyard is still harvested by hand, a practice that is becoming increasingly rare in the Charentes (only four or five estates still practice it).