Prunier Cognac

Prunier Cognac

Steeped in tradition, Cognac Prunier is a family run firm with cellars in the heart of the town of Cognac. The house does not own its own vineyards, instead, they buy the eaux-de-vie directly from supplying vine growers and distillers each year, and then carry out the ageing process in their own cellars.

Visit Prunier: 30 Rue Léonce Laval ,16100 Cognac

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Prunier 20 Years Old Cognac

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Prunier 20 Years Old Cognac

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Highly Recommended 87 /100
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Mouth
Taste
Finish
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Cognac age
XO
Growth area
Fins Bois
Bottle size
700ml
ABV
40%
Age (maximum)
20
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Eye: Pale gold, bright with flashes of amber.

Nose: The nose is rich with a distinguished structure, giving signs of the origins of chalky soil. Aromas of fresh hazelnuts, light florals, almonds, gingerbread and sandalwood.

Palate: Initially woody and caramel-like. By mid-palate, bittersweet flavors of sap, palm oil, resin and under-ripe pears get added to the mix. The aftertaste is medium-long, dry and resiny.

Product description
Prunier 20 Years Old Cognac: Good Things Come to Those Who Wait Age statements are still rare in the world of Cognac, but this excellent release from the House of Prunier displays its age proudly. The Prunier 20 Years Old Cognac is a limited edition, with only about 2,500 bottles produced. All the eaux-de-vie for this blend have been matured in 250-400 liter medium-toasted oak casks, resulting in a quite dry and fresh Cognac, reminiscent of the early 20th-century style.  From the 19th century...

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Prunier XO Très Vieille Grande Champagne Cognac

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Prunier XO Très Vieille Grande Champagne Cognac

$ 241
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Exceptional 92 /100
Nose
Mouth
Taste
Finish
Impression
Cognac age
XO
Growth area
Grande Champagne
Bottle size
700ml
ABV
40%
Age (maximum)
45
Tasting review
Eye: Deep amber with ruby reflections. 

Nose: Menthol, leather, candied fruits, walnuts, dark chocolate and a hint of licorice. Creamy tannins melt into rancio, dominated by vanilla and tobacco.

Palate: Delightful elegance and floral finesse. Further notes of archetypal rancio, fresh hazelnuts, dark chocolate and toffee follow into an exceptionally long finish.

Product description
Prunier XO Très Vieille Grande Champagne: The Essence of Premier Cru Elegance Prunier XO Très Vieille Grande Champagne is a 100% Grande Champagne Cognac created from eaux-de-vie that have been aged for an average of 45 years. There's a reason that the Grande Champagne region is known as the Premier Cru: its wonderful, deep chalky soil allows for consistent growing conditions and steady maturation of grapes even during the hottest summers.  Created by Jean Burnez in the early 1930s, this ble...

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Prunier Vintage "Lucky" Tasting Set Cognac

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Prunier Vintage "Lucky" Tasting Set Cognac

$ 356
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Exceptional 0 /100
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Cognac age
Vintage
Bottle size
3x 100ml
Vintage year
1968
Vintage year
1978
Vintage year
1988
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Product description
Prunier Vintage "Lucky" Tasting Set Cognac The Prunier Vintage "Lucky" Tasting Set Cognac features a trio of unblended single harvest Cognacs, each representing a decade in the Fine Champagne region. Unlike larger Cognac houses, Maison Prunier do not grow their own grapes; they specialize in buying eaux-de-vie directly from growers and distillers. This way they can select the most exceptional and unusual vintages to age in their humid cellars by the river Charente.  With this simple but stunn...

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Prunier VSOP Cognac

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Prunier VSOP Cognac

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Cognac age
VSOP
Growth area
Blend
Bottle size
700ml
ABV
40%
Age (minimum)
5
Age (maximum)
7
Tasting review
Eye: Pale gold and shiny.

Nose: A subtle nose that gradually develops into aromas of tea, honey and peaches.

Palate: Fruity notes of mango on the palate with hints of caramel and butterscotch leading to a smooth finish.

Product description
Prunier VSOP Cognac: a Classic of its Genre The Prunier VSOP Cognac is a wonderful example of how a blend of terroirs can come together, even after a relatively short maturation, to create something truly special. A mix of eaux-de-vie from the Fins Bois and Bons Bois terroirs, the attention to detail applied to all Prunier blends remains unchanged here, with the VSOP being aged for five to seven years in small oak casks in order to achieve maximum oxidation and therefore a natural smoothness, w...

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Prunier XXO Cognac Family Series Number 2

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Prunier XXO Cognac Family Series Number 2

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Cognac age
XXO
Growth area
Grande Champagne
Bottle size
700ml
ABV
48.6%
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Color: Vibrant amber with shades of bronze.

Nose: Very expressive, extroverted. It’s one of those Cognacs that upon pouring a glass, fills the rooms with its various aromas. Not all Cognacs do this, but it’s always a treat when one does. There is a hint of vanilla, but it is a minor. There is a warming spice mix present showing that this is indeed a mature Cognac.

Palate: It is not overly round and rich, like an uber-complex blend with many different eaux-de-vie, but it’s surprisingly soft for the strength. The abundant fruit adds cushion to counterbalance the Cognac’s power. A little bit of orange jam, apricot jam, and even some tinned peaches. There is a fine tannic grip as the Cognac goes down, which belies the single cask nature of the Cognac.

Tasting review by Taylor.

Product description
Prunier XXO Family Series 2 Whereas the XXO Family Series 001 was a blend of two vintage Cognacs from the Fins Bois, this XXO Family Series 002 edition is from the 1985 vintage and is a single cask Cognac - bottled at its natural cask strength 48.6%. It comes from the Grande Champagne cru and was selected by Dale Cooper alongside Stephane Burnez from Maison Prunier. During Cooper’s recent visit to the Cognac region, he visited Prunier’s damp cellars in Gimeaux where hundreds of barrels and...

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Prunier Vintage 1972 Petite Champagne Cognac

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Prunier Vintage 1972 Petite Champagne Cognac

$ 494
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Cognac age
Vintage
Growth area
Petite Champagne
Bottle size
700ml
ABV
42.9%
Vintage year
1972
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Prunier Vintage 1972 Petite Champagne Cognac The Prunier Vintage 1972 Petite Champagne Cognac is a beautifully well-aged blend of eaux-de-vie made from grapes of the Petite Champagne cru, exclusively selected from the single year of 1972. Renowned for its chalky mineral-rich soils, the Petite Champagne cru offers some of the highest quality grapes in the entire Cognac region, making Cognacs from this cru all the more sought after and special. Traditionally, the locals in Cognac drank the eaux-...

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Want to discover the new blends and new Cognacs?

$ 49
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Products included in this set Prunier

  1. VSOP Grande Champagne (40% ABV)
  2. Prunier XO (40% ABV)
  3. Prunier 20 Years Old Grande Champagne (43% ABV)
  4. Prunier Horizon (43.5% ABV)

Note: All Cognacs are new blends and different from the current offerings.

Additionally to this set, there will be a live tasting with Alice and Claire Burnez. Date and time to be announced. More details are to come on the specific format of the online live tasting. Further notification will come by email.

Delivery in time not guaranteed. Limited to 1 set per customer.

A Deep Dive into the World of Prunier

Meet Stéphane Burnez

The current cellar master of the house of Prunier: Stephane Burnez is the 5th generation to take the reigns at Prunier and has been enhancing the family traditions for more than 20 years now. With a vision to continue Prunier’s heritage into the generation (the 6th soon to follow), he strives to replenish the Prunier cellars with yet more beautifully aged eau-de-vie that will be ready, in turn, for the next family members. In doing so, he envisions his future ancestors enjoying the Cognac in the same way that he and his family are appreciating those that were stored for them by previous generations of the Prunier family.

I hope to get back to the philosophy and style of the 19th century by 2060, where older Cognacs, more vintages and a better notion of terroir and grape variety stands strong.

While preparing Maison Prunier for its future, Stephane focuses his attention on the art of tasting. As with each final product, comes a story to tell, and for Stephane – this comes with a tasting. By regularly tasting his vintage Cognacs, he actively searches for a balance between natural sweetness alongside the typicity of a vintage year and terroir. When each of the components combine in harmony – he can judge if the Cognac is ready to be bottled.

His top Cognac pick, if stuck on a desert island with just one glass and one bottle to hand – you ask?

It has to be… Prunier 20 Years Old Vintage as it is best enjoyed neat or with mineral water and the pleasure will be preserved for a long time.

History

For five generations, each with the same passion for Cognac, Maison Prunier has preserved the memory of its industry’s trade, for over two centuries. From stocking, aging, blending and bottling, for 250 years the house of Prunier celebrates only the very best eaux-de-vie on the market and has been optimizing its quality with esteemed savoir-faire artisanal craftsmanship. It’s no surprise Prunier has been the leader of the Chinese market for the past 30 years.

The Cognac house Prunier dates back to 1665, when Jean Prunier, a renowned Cognac expert from the area of La Rochelle, began producing wine and brandy. He began shipping his products around the world in the early 1700s, and Cognac Prunier was born. His son, Gabriel Prunier took over the company after Jean’s death in 1732, followed by his grandson, also called Jean Prunier. Another family member, Francois Prunier, acquired vineyards in the Cognac district around St-Jean-d’Angély. It was him and another Jean Prunier who finalized the firm's move to the town of Cognac itself in the early 1800’s. This third Jean Prunier had three sons, Alphonse, Marcel and Gaston, each who of course followed in the family tradition.

Alphonse took over the firm, Marcel worked in Europe as a representative of the company and Gaston moved to Australia where he set up an antipodean branch of Cognac Prunier in Melbourne. When Alphonse died in 1918 he left no direct descendent. So his widow called on her nephew, Jean Burnez, to take over the management of the company. Next, Jean’s son Claude Burnez (1927-2011) succeeded his father as head of the company before handing over management to his wife Susan Burnez in 1987. Since 2009, Claude’s son Stéphane Burnez has ensured the continuity in this family Cognac company with the help from his daughter Alice, who joined in 2016.

Today, Cognac Prunier has now entered its 6th generation and is still housed in the same medieval house in Cognac that it has been for the past two centuries. It is still a family run business which is at present headed by Claude Burnez’s son, Stéphane Burnez who took over in 2009. The 6th generation of the family to join the house of Prunier are Stephane’s daughters Alice and Claire who joined forces with their father in 2016. The company produces a wide range of Cognacs, along with various other brandies. However, the house of Prunier takes great care in remaining true to the age-old traditions of Cognac and brandy production, therefore they take pride in producing a wide variety of aged products – ranging from 2 year old Cognac to much older XO blends.

What Alice and Claire learned

The sisters Alice and Claire Burnez mark the 6th generation of the famous Cognac house Prunier, taking over from their father the subtle blend of the past and the present looking towards the future. Both agree the way of working has changed from that one of their father.

As you’d expect in such a history rich family business both have always been allowed to taste wines and spirits at family dinners and parties to grow into the business.

It is a part of our family life before it is a product for our work.

The Prunier Philosophy

Respect.

One simple one that embodies Prunier’’s core ethos. Without paying respect to the land, the history and the people who work hard to produce fine quality Cognac as well as the customers who in turn work hard to enjoy said Cognac – the brand and the Cognac industry in general, simply wouldn't exist.

Five Fun Facts about Prunier

  1. The first-ever vintage offering by Maison Prunier was the 1982 Grande Champagne bottle
  2. The best eau-de-vie Stephane Burnez has ever tasted is also Prunier’s first-ever 20-year-old vintage: 1966 Fins Bois Cognac
  3. Stephane Burnez actually started his career in Burgundy, before relocating to the Cognac region – and that’s why he values terroir, the grape variety, and the meticulous work of the winemaker so much.
  4. Unlike many other Cognac houses, Prunier is dominated by women working in Cognac – Madame Alphonse Prunier (1918-1943), Madame Claude Burnez and now Stephane’s daughters Alice and Claire Burnez.
  5. Maison Prunier decided to go back to its roots by nurturing its own vines (like the house once did back in the 1920s) and now owns 6 hectares of vines in the Fins Bois cru.

Brand Image

Did you know that the Prunier brand logo wasn’t always an illustration of the Lieutenant's house? Back when the brand was owned by the Prunier family, rather fittingly illustrated a Prunier tree. However, when Jean Burnez (Stephane Burnez’s grandfather) took over from his aunt he re-branded the house of Prunier with the image of its new estate and headquarters: Maison de la Lieutenance.

Since Prunier was already known for its collection of old Cognacs, the Lieutenant’s house seemed to represent the brand well as it is the oldest house in Cognac and has been registered as a French historical monument since 1933.

News, Products and Labels

Not only does Prunier produce Cognac, but because of its innovative buying process, the company is able to also produce authentic Armagnac (from the Gascony region of France) and Calvados (from Normandy) as well.

They also produce liqueurs that embody the luxury of Cognac but with a twist. One such is an orange liqueur that was originally produced by the cellar master more for fun than for business. But once tasted and widely appreciated, it was agreed to produce ‘Liqueur d'Orange au Cognac’ for the market – and is enjoyed as a digestive liqueur at the end of a meal.

© photos Martin DEJOIE / Les Editions d'Autils

© photos Fabrice Schick / Photographie Extramuros

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