Lot 1993 A beautiful cognac from the ancienne distillerie in Jarnac, a 19th Century stone building directly on the Charente river. Lovely fruit, wonderful balance, a delight to drink. Bottled in March of 2005.
The vineyards of Petite Champagne, which encircle the famous grande champagne, grow in soils whose chalk is more compact and in a climate more influenced by the sea and the continental mass. Cognacs from this district are softer, fruitier, and more accessible than their austere grande champagne cousins, with appealing floral overtones. Lighter and less ponderous, most petite champagne cognacs tend to age fairly rapidly. (bottled young, they preserve the wonderful soft fruitiness, which would disappear with lengthy aging.
THE ANCIENNE DISTILLERIE is 100% Petite Champagne of unusual quality: it is an extraordinary value at its price. The blend, 10 years old, comes from the cellar of the Surrenne home distillery. Pure and sweetly complex, its generous maturity preserves the region’s characteristic fruit, with an attractive bouquet and excellent length.
1935 Cases Produced. 40.2% Alc./Vol