Bold and butterscotchy, this easy-drinking Cognac also has dried fruit and nutty tones, plus a saline touch that’s reminiscent of salted caramel. There’s a spicy flourish on the relatively dry finish. Delamain notes that it is one of the only Cognac houses to exclude VS and VSOP expressions from its portfolio, “its range starts where others end, with an X.O.” - K.N.
My introduction to this cognac was a bottle from an estate sale that I picked up for $30. Obviously, I'll never see that price again, but it made me a 'believer'....to the point that I'd pay $94 (w/shipping) to sample another bottle. Hey, it was Christmas. Anyway, it's the cheapest of their line, but it's spot on in taste and enjoyment from where I'm sitting.
Blended from Cognacs of an average age of 25 years, this is a transparent, pale gold spirit marked by notes of vine flower and grape, with a delicate, refinement texture ending on notes of grape, toast and vanilla.
Matured in well seasoned Limousin oak casks (350L) and cellared in old cellars near the river, more humid than dry.
The blend at natural strength (around 50% vol.) is very slowly broken down at 40% with weak old Grande Champagne at 15% which enriches the blend.
Delamain Pale & Dry Très Belle Grande Champagne Cognac was introduced as Delamain's standard-bearer in 1920, and represents 80 percent of the firm's production. The label is a reproduction of a 17th century engraving of the town and Château of Jarnac by Claude Chastillon. Named to reflect its clean, dry purity of flavor, it is blended from a range of Cognacs averaging 25 years of age. Through the evaporation of alcohol over time, it has been naturally reduced to approximately 53 percent alcohol; the final dilution is accomplished by the gradual addition of "vieilles faibles," literally, very old, weak Grand Champagne Cognacs of 15 percent alcohol, to a final strength of 40 percent