Claude Thorin Cognac
Boasting 106 hectares of vineyards, the estate of Claude Thorin has expanded massively over the past couple of decades. Producing a wide range of cognacs along with Pineau des Charente and wine, the estate of Claude Thorin produces its cognacs on site right from the grape through to the finished bottle. The vines are all located in the Grande Champagne 1er Cru area, and the estate prides itself in producing cognac true to the traditional manner that has been used over the centuries.
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History of Cognac Claude Thorin
The estate of Cognac Claude Thorin was founded by André Thorin. With grounds all within the Grande Champagne region of Cognac, André took the decision not only to plant his vines with the Ugni Blanc that is so commonly used today, but with the Folle Blanche grape as well. After the phylloxera outbreak of the 1860s, most vineyards chose not to plant Folle Blanche anymore, preferring to use the high yielding Ugni Blanc grape. By making the decision to plant the rare Folle Blanche vine as well, André insisted on doing his bit for developing both cognac and pineau with the flavors of the old days.
In 1988, his son Claude Thorin took over the running of estate. Over the past twenty years, the vineyard area has increased in size over six times, producing a wide range of cognacs created strictly by using traditional methods.
Claude Thorin Cognac Today
Today, the estate of Claude Thorin continues to be run by André’s son Claude and his wife Nathalie Thorin. Since 1999, they have increased the size of the vineyards from 36 hectares to today’s total of 106. The range of cognacs they produce are a mixture of both very old vintages through to newer blends, ranging from a VS to an XO, all being a product of the Grande Champagne.
In addition to producing a wide variety of cognacs, they have also planted some vines with Colombard grapes that they use along with Ugni Blanc for producing a selection of different colored Pineau des Charente as well as wine.
News, Products and Old Labels
Over the years, Claude Thorin’s cognac, pineau and wine have won a number of awards. These include Cognac VSOP Bronze medal from Vignerons Indépendants in 2011, Pineau des Charente gold medal from Vignerons Indépendants 2011 and Vin de Pays Charentais Sauvignon bronze medal in 2011 for their white wine.
One of Thorin’s rare pineau produced is “Pineau Amber”. This extraordinary product was the creation of André Thorin, and has continued under the expertise of Claude. Only 12 bottles are produced per year, each engraved with the year of bottling and the number of the bottle edition.
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