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If you enjoy earthy, rich foods like duck, pork, and stinky cheese, save this for the next time you’re booze-shopping. The French make a rustic version of cognac called Armagnac that’s still fairly cheap because it hasn’t hit the big-time—say, $40 for a good one and $84 or $114 for the fancy stuff. Armagnac is to cognac what rye is to bourbon: similar but darker and feistier, with a leaner texture. It’s rougher than cognac when it’s young and earthier when it’s old, “with just a hint of barnyard funk,” reports Esquire. Continue reading
Martell Chanteloup Perspective is a great Cognac in a beautiful decanter.
The new arrival is named after the Chanteloup estate where Martell has long aged some of its ‘finest eaux-de-vie in the heart of the Cognac region’.
“The path leading to one particular, hidden cellar passes an old, stone-built belvedere, a peaceful spot from which to contemplate the valley and one favoured by several generations of cellar master on their way to work. It is to this perspective, and to the nearby secret cellar guarded by an elaborate wrought-iron gate, that Martell Chanteloup Perspective pays tribute.”
Composed of ‘eaux-de-vie’ from four regions, Martell’s latest cognac is dark amber in colour. Martell describes the blend: “Fresh stone-fruit and floral aromas on the nose give way to candied fruit notes in the mouth, followed by a lingering spice finish. Careful ageing ensures the sensory richness and powerful flavour are balanced by structure and elegance.”
Sandrine Tesniere, senior brand manager for Martell at Pernod Ricard Asia Duty Free, comments: “Martell Chanteloup Perspective allows travellers the chance to feel a part of Martell’s heritage and we anticipate it will appeal not only to collectors of the brand but to anyone who appreciates heritage and unrivalled quality.”
Martell Chanteloup Perspective is presented in an arch-shaped decanter with a silver motif echoing the wrought-iron gate which protects the cellar. The brushed silver gift box is embossed with a single ‘M’.
They say that you can tell a lot about a man by what he drinks, and while that is certainly true, I would take it a step further and say you can tell a lot about the character of a man by the contents of his drinks cabinet. Continue reading
Based on the soil features described by the geologist Henri Coquand in 1860, 6 Cognac growing areas (crus) were delimited and then ratified by decree in 1938:
Champagnes (Grande and Petite Champagne), Borderies, and Bois (Fins Bois, Bons Bois, and Bois à Terroirs).
The crus received their names when the local forests were cleared at the beginning of the 19th century.
The central Cognac crus, Grande Champagne, Petite Champagne and the Borderies are the most densely planted with vines.
A reader has a carafe of Rémy Martin Louis XIII Cognac.