• Prunier Tres Vieille Grande Champagne XO Cognac - Gift Box 97

    Prunier Tres Vieille Grande Champagne XO Cognac - Gift Box

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    97pts & Top 50 Spirit of 2013 - Wine Enthusiast

    "Addictive sipping. Made with brandies aged 20-50 years" ~ Wine Enthusiast

    The Prunier family has been making Cognac since the late 1600's. We think they have a very good idea of what they're doing. We have their Prunier Tres Vieille Grande Champagne XO Cognac so that you can see for yourselves. It comes from a blend of three vintages:  1937, 1939, 1947. 

    The distillery recommends having this XO with desserts and cigars. We think a rich chocolate mousse is a fine choice. The folks at imbibe.com decided to do some research about the cigar question and XO's, so they had a panel convene on the cigar terrace of the Soho Whisky Club in London. They claim that they "produced some matches that verged on the transcendent." In order of preference, they chose the following cigars: Cohiba Behike BHK 52, the Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure No.2, and the Punch Medalla de Oro. We're also hearing some chatter that people are apairing foods during the meal with XO's, and what better one to try that on than this Prunier? Chef de Cuisine at Chateau de Bagnolet feels that to be successful, you must be sure to balance the richness of the XO's flavors, as well as match them, with flavors like vanilla, pepper or jasmine for example. He thinks that Asian cuisine is perfect because it integrates the most interesting ingredients and spices that pair with Cognac. Beef bourguignon in savory tarts could work well. If you're feeling experimental, he says play with contrasts. Serve a frozen XO with foie gras. The smooth texture of the liver with the 'crunch' of the Cognac will be incroyable!Et voilawinelovers! That ought to give you lots to think about.

    Wine Enthusiast: Rated Top 50 Spirits 2013. "A particularly fruit-forward Cognac, look for candied--orange peel, ripe grapes and stone fruit on the first sips, which soon mellow to stewed-fruit flavors on the caramel--coated finish. Savory, mouthwatering rancio (read: nutty) notes make for addictive sipping. Made with brandies aged 20-50 years." Dec 2013

    Distillery: "This Cognac is coming exclusively from the production of the most reputed area in the district - the Grande Champagne. It combines distinction and complexity of aromas with a strong personality leaving a very long after-taste. The wood is present though not dominating and bringing balance and harmony. This elegant Very Old Grande Champagne will remain in the taster's mind as an unforgettable experience.

    The major fruit aromas are  crystallized fruits and citrus. The spices are vanilla, cinnamon and pepper. The floral notes are jasmine and pink flowers. Sweetness with honey and blond toffee, wood with old oak casks, and cigar boxes and sandalwood together with light tobacco, chocolate and fresh pastry. This is an harmonious and well-balanced Cognac with a very pleasant nose and palate, typical of a Grande Champagne. A great Cognac for end of meals and/or cigar smokers."

    Bottle: 750ml, cork 
    Varietal: Cognac
    Aging: Brandies aged 20-50 years
    Alcohol: 40.0%
    Region: Cognac, France