An innovative age-statement cuvACe from Courvoisier - unusual for the big houses to be so explicit about maturation time for their creations, but the 12yo label on this Borderies-based blend should have a broad appeal & perhaps even makes it more accessible to drinkers of other brown spirits.
This cognac contains eaux-de-vie primarily selected from the Borderies cru, which at 12 years old develop their best floral and spicy notes. These tasting are further enhanced by the combination of Fins Bois grapes to develop the vibrancy of Blend and Grande Champagnes eaux-de-vie that give underlying elegance and depth.On the nose, notes of violets, orange blossoms quickly meld into spicy tasting of clove, ginger and star anise. Delicate vanilla completes the aromatic harmony.On the palate, a luxury of almonds, raisins and orange marmalade are nurtured from the Grande Champagne eaux-de-vie, leading to a long and harmonious depth that go perfectly when savoured with luscious sweets, desserts and chocolates.
Cognac is a living, breathing product. Over the years, the eaux-de-vie is in permanent contact with the oak casks, a natural interaction that gives our cognac its rich colour and complex bouquet. To be legally called cognac, eaux-de-vie must be aged for at least two and half years. Every additional years adds richness and smoother flavours, so even our youngest cognac, Courvoisier VS, uses eaux-de-vie that has been aged for up to eight years.
After being pressed, our Ugni Blanc grape juice naturally ferments for seven days, the fruit sugars transforming it into a sumptuous wine ready for distillation. The clear wine is fruity, dry, slighltly acidic and about 9% by volume. We insist on Micro distilling, where our wine growers ferment their wine in small batches before we select only the very best to go forward for distillation.