This cognac comes from a viticulturist-poly-cultivator from the Chalais region, on the border of the Dordogne. His grandfather started this activity in 1901, which was continued by his father and then by himself. This elderly viticulturist was forced to cease his activities in 2003 due to a lack of a successor. He then benefited from the uprooting premium, a subsidy that helped him financially but was also heartbreaking for him.
Despite the economic crisis that was raging in our region, he had managed to reach 12 hectares of vineyards. This terroir of Bons Bois, a wrongly disregarded cru, is nevertheless remarkable thanks to a combination of factors such as altitude (110 meters), characteristic soils (crushed sands, deep clays), and often artisanal practices due to smaller vineyard areas compared to other crus (with small, uniquely shaped stills).
A gourmet and sweet nose, with candied fruits and almost roasted notes. A touch of salinity makes it attractive and makes you want to dive into the glass. On the palate, the attack is smooth and thick, with warm and indulgent notes filling the mouth. The tannins are discreet but perfectly integrated. This cognac is already mature, at the peak of its aging. The finish is not very long, but not short either, and its salinity makes you want to pour another glass.
Gold medal, World Spirits Competition, San Francisco, 2022.