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 aging process in their own cellars. Sisters Claire and Alice Burnez are now taking the helm of the house, with their father Stéphane still by their side providing valuable support, skill, and insight.

Claire and Alice wanted to update the range – the design, packaging, and blends – to give them a modern touch and to put their own fingerprints on the range, while steadfastly respecting the traditions and values of the house. Some of the classic Cognacs are newly blended: VSOP Grande Champagne, XO, and 20 Year. Additionally, two new products have been introduced to the range: Horizon and Singularite.

This is quintessential Cognac of the highest quality. Must taste Cognacs!

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Bottle review by Taylor

Prunier XO: Reimagining a Classic

Cognac has its Big four houses, the pillars for the spirit category which are present in every corner of the world. But if we ignore those houses, we are left with a multitude of small producers – negociants and grower-distillers – which form an elite and ultra qualitative tier of Cognac house. Cognac Prunier sits firmly atop this special tier of historical, authentic, immensely qualitative Cognac houses. For me personally, I consider Prunier to be an iconic and a benchmark negociant house, one which many others can be judged against. So it’s true that I carry my own positive bias heading into this kind of bottle review article.

Prunier XO Cognac

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Prunier XO Cognac

$ 121 $ 109
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Time left
Cognac age
XO
Growth area
Blend
Bottle size
700ml
ABV
40%
Age (minimum)
15
Age (maximum)
30
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Eye: Bright gold shade, golden bronze color.

Nose: Beautiful bouquet composed of refined rancio notes (dried fruit, tobacco, wax). Complex aromas of licorice and orange, with a potential diversity of aromas evolving over time.

Palate: Refined and smooth on the palate. Beautiful Cognac with depth, a beautiful balance and complexity. Lingering finish with refined tannins and a beautiful expression of rancio.

Finish: Long and elegant, with refined tannins and evolving notes of rancio.

Product description
Prunier X.O. Extra Old Cognac The Prunier X.O. Extra Old Cognac is an exceptional blend that exemplifies the art of Cognac making. Composed of eaux-de-vie aged between 15 to 30 years, this blend showcases the depth and complexity that comes from careful aging in 200 and 400-liter old oak barrels. Originating from the Grande Champagne, Petite Champagne, Borderies, Fins Bois, and Bons Bois areas, this Cognac represents a broad spectrum of the finest terroirs in the Cognac region. The bright gold...

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Prunier Singularité Cognac

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Prunier Singularité Cognac

$ 431 $ 388
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Time left
Cognac age
XO
Growth area
Blend
Bottle size
700ml
ABV
44%
Age (minimum)
28 years
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Eye: Bright pale gold.

Nose: A sophisticated onset steadily amplifies throughout the tasting experience, unveiling scents of candied orange, spices, and licorice. Natural roundness and elegant rancio emerge, bringing a superb dimension combining notes of beeswax, hazelnut, and walnut husk.

Palate: An elegant and refined Cognac that strikes a perfect balance between power, freshness, and richness. Lingering on the palate, notes of orange and tannins emerge, adding beautiful depth to the Cognac, combined with an intense and very subtle rancio.

Finish: Long and complex, with persistent notes of orange, tannins, and a delicate rancio.

Product description
Prunier Singularité Cognac The Prunier Singularité Cognac is a remarkable blend crafted by Stéphane Burnez, embodying the essence of the Prunier family's dedication to producing exceptional Cognacs. This limited edition release consists of only 299 bottles, each containing a unique blend of very old eaux-de-vie, aged between 28 and 104 years. The blend includes: 1920 Petite Champagne (10%) 1930 Grande Champagne (2% - Chateaubernard) 1950 Grande Champagne (5% - Chateaubernard) 70 years...

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Prunier Horizon Fine Champagne Cognac

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Prunier Horizon Fine Champagne Cognac

$ 201
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Cognac age
Hors d'Age
Growth area
Fine Champagne
Bottle size
700ml
ABV
43.5%
Age (minimum)
36 years
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Eye: Beautiful shiny gold bronze.

Nose: A deep, expansive, and complex bouquet revealing notes of white truffle, butter, cream, ripe banana, clove, and orange peel. Gradually emerging aromas balanced by fine tannins, delicate rancio, and complex spices such as clove and tobacco.

Palate: Magnificent balance between the palate and the nose, offering surprising depth and variety of flavors. Very nice length with notes of undergrowth and integrated rancio. A classic and characterful Cognac.

Finish: Long and sophisticated, with lingering notes of undergrowth and delicate rancio.

Product description
Prunier Horizon Fine Champagne Cognac The Prunier Horizon Fine Champagne Cognac shows the harmonious union of exceptionally aged eaux-de-vie from Grande and Petite Champagne, expanding the boundaries of sensory experience. With a composition of 70% Grande Champagne and 30% Petite Champagne, this blend showcases the best of both terroirs, crafted from 100% Ugni blanc grapes grown in clay-limestone soil. The youngest Cognac in the blend dates back to 1988, while the oldest dates back to 1966. Ea...

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Prunier 20 Years Old Grande Champagne Cognac

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Prunier 20 Years Old Grande Champagne Cognac

$ 163 $ 147
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Time left
Cognac age
XO
Growth area
Grande Champagne
Bottle size
700ml
ABV
43%
Age (maximum)
20
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Eye: Bright golden color with gold shades.

Nose: An elegant and refined bouquet with a vinous and floral profile. Aromas of tea, fresh hazelnut, and fresh orange zest, displaying remarkable precision.

Palate: A precise and elegant palate featuring notes of orange blossom mingled with fine tannins. A magnificent balance between purity of aromas, freshness, and mouthfeel, characteristic of Grande Champagne.

Finish: Long and well-balanced, leaving a lasting impression of elegance and finesse.

Product description
Prunier 20 Years Old Grande Champagne Cognac The Prunier 20 Years Old Grande Champagne Cognac is a limited edition masterpiece, with only 1800 bottles available. This exquisite Cognac, originating from the renowned Grande Champagne area, specifically the village of Salles d’Angles, is crafted from 100% Ugni blanc grapes grown in clay-limestone soil. It has been aged since 1999 in oak casks, with the last four years spent in large oak vats, allowing the alcohol content to be gradually reduced ...

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Prunier B&S Fins Bois 2018 Cognac

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Prunier B&S Fins Bois 2018 Cognac

$ 47
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Cognac age
VSOP
Growth area
Fins Bois
Bottle size
700ml
ABV
43%
Grape Varieties
Folle Blanche
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Eye: Bright white gold color.

Nose: Fresh, precise, and elegant bouquet composed of notes of peach, white-fleshed fruits, fresh almond, and white flowers such as eglantine.

Palate: Aromatic harmony on the palate, balanced with the nose. Flower honey blends with a finely combined wood note, offering a beautiful length on the palate that is both precise and elegant.

Finish: Long and refined, with lingering notes of honey and delicate wood.

Product description
Prunier B&S Fins Bois Folle Blanche 2018 Cognac The Prunier B&S Fins Bois Folle Blanche 2018 Cognac is a limited edition spirit designed to elevate the art of mixology. Originating from a single plot in the Fins Bois area, this Cognac is crafted from 100% Folle Blanche grapes grown in clay-limestone soil, ensuring a unique and high-quality profile. With only 780 bottles available, this limited edition Cognac is a true collector's item. Aged in oak casks since 2018, the Prunier B&S Folle Blanch...

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Prunier Vintage 1983 Petite Champagne Cognac

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Prunier Vintage 1983 Petite Champagne Cognac

$ 379
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Cognac age
Vintage
Growth area
Petite Champagne
Bottle size
700ml
ABV
48.6%
Vintage year
1983
Tasting review
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Eye: Beautiful bright bronze gold.

Nose: An elegant and complex bouquet revealing notes of pears, almonds, fresh dried fruits, white flowers, and a touch of wax. Beautiful balance and finesse.

Palate: Magnificent balance between aromatic finesse and natural roundness. Aromas of pear, nutmeg, and fresh walnut blend into a precise and fine finish.

Finish: Long and refined, with lingering notes of pear and subtle spices.

Product description
Prunier Vintage 1983 Petite Champagne Cognac The Prunier Vintage 1983 Petite Champagne Cognac is a limited edition masterpiece, with only 240 bottles available. This exquisite Cognac, distilled and harvested in 1983, originates exclusively from the Petite Champagne appellation in the village of Réaux-Sur-Trèfle. Crafted from 100% Ugni blanc grapes grown in complex clay-limestone soil. Aged in French oak barrels until bottling in May 2024, this Cognac began its aging process in humid cellars ...

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Prunier VS Petite Champagne Cognac

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Prunier VS Petite Champagne Cognac

$ 42
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Cognac age
VS
Growth area
Petite Champagne
Bottle size
700ml
ABV
40%
Tasting review
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Eye: Bright pale gold color.

Nose: A structured and precise bouquet revealing aromas of honey (mead), tea leaf, and orange peel. A beautiful balance combining finesse and power.

Palate: A full-bodied and fruity palate developing natural roundness, beautiful substance, and refined tannins. Exceptional aromatic precision with a beautiful dimension.

Finish: Long and satisfying, with lingering notes of fruit and refined tannins.

Product description
Prunier V.S. Cognac The Prunier V.S. Cognac is a testament to the art of crafting young and vibrant spirits. Originating from the renowned Petite Champagne area and specifically the village of Réaux-Sur-Trèfle, this Cognac is made from 100% Ugni blanc grapes grown in deep and complex clay-limestone soil. Distilled in 2020, it has been aged for 3 to 4 years in 400-liter oak barrels, benefiting from the ideal ambient conditions of Prunier's cellars in Gimeux, where the natural humidity provided...

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Prunier VSOP Grande Champagne Cognac

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Prunier VSOP Grande Champagne Cognac

$ 63 $ 57
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Time left
Cognac age
VSOP
Growth area
Grande Champagne
Bottle size
700ml
ABV
40%
Age (minimum)
7
Age (maximum)
8
Tasting review
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Eye: Brilliant gold color.

Nose: Fruity but structured bouquet with notes of peach, refined tannins, and a combination of dried fruits such as fresh hazelnut, walnuts, and almonds.

Palate: Natural roundness balanced with structure and precision. A great balance between the nose and the palate, with a spicy and elegant finish. Beautiful length in finesse and spices.

Finish: Long and elegant, with a lingering spicy note.

Product description
Prunier VSOP Grande Champagne Cognac The Prunier VSOP Grande Champagne Cognac is a testament to the exceptional quality of the Grande Champagne terroir, often referred to as the Premier Cru of Cognac. This blend is composed of eaux-de-vie aged 7 to 8 years in 200 and 400-liter oak barrels, exclusively sourced from the renowned Grande Champagne area. The terroir, characterized by its clay-limestone soils, specifically from the villages of Lignières-Ambleville, Touzac, and Angeac-Champagne, impa...

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Prunier Orange Liqueur

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Prunier Orange Liqueur

$ 32
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Bottle size
700ml
ABV
40%
Tasting review
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Colour: Brilliant gold.

Nose: The orange aroma grows substantially in the glass, expanding and mingling perfectly with the Cognac.

Palate: Palate entry is zesty, piquant, peppery, and spicy; the midpalate makes the tongue glow with spirity warmth as the flavor profile takes the orange zest/peel to the edge of bitterness. Ends bittersweet, zesty, and luscious.

Product description
Prunier Orange Liqueur Experience the harmonious blend of flavors with the Prunier Orange Liqueur, a unique creation that combines the finest Cognac with natural orange extracts. Created by Stéphane Burnez 30 years ago, this exclusive Prunier blend has stood the test of time, offering a delightful balance of zest and warmth. This exquisite liqueur showcases a brilliant gold color and a nose where orange aromas grow substantially, mingling perfectly with the Cognac. On the palate, it delivers ...

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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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