Paul Giraud Cognac VSOP 8yrs Grande Champagne 40% 700ml

  • SKU : PGVSOP
  • Brand/Distillery : Paul Giraud
  • Country of Origin : France
  • Vintage : 8 years
  • ABV : 40%
  • Volume : 700ml

The Paul Giraud VSOP Cognac is a wonderful example of how classically elegant a Cognac of this quality can be. Created solely from eaux-de-vie from the premier cru, Grande Champagne, you can enjoy this traditionally produced delight in a number of ways. It’s delicious neat, perhaps in a balloon glass warmed gently in the hand in the time-honoured traditional manner. But it’s also exceptional within a cocktail or with a mixer over ice.

One of the reasons this is a stand out VSOP is because the age of much of the Eaux-de-vie within the blend is around 8 years, which is double the legal minimum. These extra years lead to a maturity seldom found in a Cognac of this level. Another talking point is that the house of Paul Giraud carries out their harvesting by hand–something rarely seen now in this age of automation and machinery. A great Cognac to own, and one that would be happily received as a gift by any lover of fine things.

Nose: Earthy nose, with a touch of creaminess, slight grapiness.

Palate: pleasant, light, grapy elegance of Cognac, light and poised, earthy-nicely, creamy, honeyed.

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).

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