We bought this batch, made up of several barrels of the same origin, from a Parisian widow whose husband, who had a very successful career as a magistrate, invested in cognac for tax reasons. It was upon his death that the widow learned that she was the owner of several barrels of cognac which had been stored under state control since they were filled. The year 1980 was one of the smallest harvests of the decade with an average content of 7.17° in Grande Champagne. A temperature of -10° C had been recorded at the time of the grape harvest.
Young yellow colour. Powerful and expressive nose (Folle Blanche?), light tobacco notes. This cognac needs to breathe in order to fully express its complexity. Almond and white flower nose. Clean, vanilla and smooth on the palate. First rancios.
Cognac de Collection Jean Grosperrin â 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.