Grosperrin ‘Cognac De Collection’ 1991 aged 21yrs, Bois Ordinaires 53.2% 500ml

  • SKU : GROS91BO500ml
  • Brand/Distillery : Jean Grosperrin
  • Country of Origin : France
  • Vintage : 1991 Vintage, Aged 21 years
  • ABV : 51.70%
  • Volume : 500ml

$226.10

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A cognac made from a vineyard influenced by the maritime climate of the Atlantic Ocean, worked by a young wine grower located in the village of St Pierre d’Oléron, on the Island of Oléron. This island benefits from the influence of the Golf Stream and almost Mediterranean-like sun. Here you can find plants that are not often found on the coastline, such as mimosa and tamarisk, thus giving it its nickname “Island of Mimosas”. Yet the production of cognac has been historically discredited here and, in 30 years, the grape-growing surface has been reduced to half its former area. From 1936 to 1984, the island’s distillers were the only ones authorised to use column stills (distilled only once). This land is nothing less than exceptional for enthusiasts able to appreciate these maritime cognacs originating from sandy soils.

The harvest 1991 was the coldest of the decade. The total volume produced this year was less by 70% than the previous harvest (- 76% in Grande Champagne!).

This vintage Cognac (aged under state control since the 27th February 1992) is a fabulous expression of this soil, with the flavours of the French wild coast, warm sand dunes on a summer’s day and soft spices. Without particular elegance (“[…] more rustic but with a lovely structure and a good attack” according to Andreas Larsson, 2008, Best Sommelier of the World 2007), this cognac gives a certain pleasure: powerful, generous, and unique.

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.

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