Grosperrin Cognac Fins Bois Organic 2010 46.8% 700ml
This very rare cognac comes from a small farm located in a village close to Courbillac, Herpès. This producer works for other distilleries to supplement his income, and he is recognized as an expert of an ancient distillation practice called “méthode grasse”, which gives richness and density to the “eau-de-vie”, increasing substantially the positive effects of ageing. We buy the entire harvest, entirely composed of the Folle. Blanche grape variety is then vinified and distilled on the estate, before starting its ageing process in our cellars. The Folle Blanche is a grape variety that originates from the region, long before the Phylloxera crisis. It has since become very rare (around 1% of vineyards in the region) because of its sensitivity to Botrytis. This cognac was slowly reduced after the distillation while in specific casks to fully reveal the beneficial effects of this ancient distillation method. Tasting Notes: On the nose, notes of ripe grapes, and apricot, old Sauternes. Cinnamon, candied fruits and pineapple roasted nose. Tender, tasty on the palate, it’s possible to feel the greasy notes coming from this distillation process. A little compote side could be due to the fact that the percentage of “second” is important. Very smooth though, spicy finish; seems to be older than in reality. A nice Fins Bois, very rare.
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.