The Vieille Réserve or XO is often the favourite cognac of our Grande Champagne lovers, especially ladies. This cognac expresses all the fullness of the fruity aromas typical of a Grande Champagne, aged for a long time in oak barrels.
To fully appreciate this cognac, take time, sit in a good chair and heat the glass with the palm of your hand. The trip to a stone fruit orchard can begin. At the beginning of the tasting, the aromas of fresh fruit at the beginning of summer – like peach or apricot – appear. As the glass warms, aromas of riper fruit, more oxidized by the sun, are revealed, such as plums, prunes and Agen prunes. These are the fruits of late summer: hot, matured, and stewed. At the end of the tasting, spices appear then the vanilla side of the oak barrel.
Round and mellow, this cognac is easily savoured. Another remarkable point, the length in the mouth, so characteristic of the Grande Champagne.
The combination with a chocolate dessert (such as a Black Forest or a fondant) is quite appropriate.
Paul Giraud produces in Grande Champagne an exquisite cognac range, from a 6-year old to a 60-year old cognac. The estate is located in Bouteville and in St. Même-les-Carrières, the growing area comes to 35 hectares. The cognac house combines traditional methods with a modern take on cognac production, avoiding any kinds of chemicals or pesticides in their agriculture and colouring additives in the final blends. The work in the vineyard, as well as the actual harvest of the grapes is still done manually, insuring the best possible treatment of the grapes in order to generate the highest quality for the eau-de-vie. Paul Giraud produces single year cognacs, so that they are not blended eaux-de-vie from different years, but keep the annual characteristics. Therefore, Paul Giraud is considered by the specialists as the very best representative of Grande Champagne Cognacs. It would not be enough, if it were not also for the fact that spring water literally runs through his cellar and this is what brings a rapid alcohol reduction and fresh floral aromas. The peacock tail effect is impressive (Ethereal return from the back palate)