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.
Grosperrin ‘Cognac De Collection’ 1988 Grande Champagne 49.5% 700ml
The Grosperrin 1988 Grande Champagne Vintage Cognac is part of the Cognac de Collection from this highly coveted house. An old Cognac that pays careful attention to the nuances of the Grande Champagne cru. Famous for producing the finest Cognacs in the region, it largely has millions of years of fossilization to thank for its composition. The high chalk content and limestone subsoil make for a very fine eaux-de-vie, that take longer to mature but develop in the most incredible way. The complexity of a Grande Champagne Vintage cannot be underestimated. Golden colour. From the nose, we are struck by all of this Cognac characteristic of Grande Champagne. Lively notes of hawthorn, oak wood, liquorice. Then currants, candied apricot. On the palate, the attack is frank and greedy, very quickly the Cognac turns into a drop of nectar (“mercury”), and the spicy notes explode. A long finish, definitively signing its terroir.