Growth area & soil: Grande Champagne
Bache Gabrielsen Cuvée Solène No. 99 Vieux Cognac: an Homage to Family
Bache Gabrielsen Cuvée Solène No. 99 Vieux Cognac is a very rare, 100% Grande Champagne expression. The eaux-de-vie for this bottling are a selection of the finest vintages of the Vergnion family in the village of Lignières-Sonneville, all from the mid-1960s. Aged in fine-grained French oak for over half a century, the final product has developed exceptional complexity and depth. For the price, this is certainly an outstanding representation of the Premier Cru.
The Bache Gabrielsen Cuvée Series has been put together by Toralf Bølgen, one of Norway’s top wine and spirit connoisseurs, and Jean-Philippe Bergier, the Cellar Master at the House of Bache-Gabrielsen. Each release has been named after one of their daughters; this mid-20th Century Cognac is named after Solène Bergier, daughter of Jean-Philippe, born in 1995.
The history of Bache Gabrielsen starts with Thomas Bache-Gabrielsen, a young lieutenant from Norway, who he moved to Charente in 1903 to join his friend Peter Rustad in the Cognac business. Two years later, they took over the house A. Edmond Dupuy and gave it a new name: Rustad & Bache Gabrielsen. Thomas fully settled in the region, marrying a local woman who also worked in the Cognac industry. Peter sadly passed away suddenly in 1916, after which Thomas took over the whole business, eventually passing it to his son Réné.
Today, Bache Gabrielsen is run by fourth-generation company director Hervé Bache-Gabrielsen. While keeping an eye on tradition, as an economist, Hervé also knows the importance of staying relevant in an ever-changing world. The Cuvée series is just one example of how this company likes to look ahead and honor the future generation of Cognac.
Presentation of the Bottle
Pairing classic glass design with a modern label, this release perfectly encapsulates the combination of Cognac tradition and the young age of the person it has been named after. The simple, tall bottle is perfectly offset by black foil and a bold, blue-on-white label prominently featuring Solène’s name in a stylised script.
How to Enjoy Bache Gabrielsen XO Cuvée Maria No. 99 Cognac
This is a wonderful Cognac to bring out on a special occasion, served as a digestif at room temperature, or perhaps alongside a fine cigar or a selection of cheeses.
About Bache Gabrielsen Cognac
Bache-Gabrielsen is a medium-sized family Cognac house with an international history. The company was created in 1905, and so it celebrated its 100th anniversary in the last few years. With its clean design, Cognac Bache-Gabrielsen takes an important position in the Cognac market, exporting mainly to Scandinavian countries. Hervé Bache-Gabrielsen, the fourth generation at the head of the company, is certainly aware that the Cognac industry is undergoing changes, with the international market being heavily developed and marketing strategies refined to cater for a younger, more fashionable consumer base. Given the size of the company compared to the major cognac houses, it is surprising to discover that this Norwegian cognac brand is the market leader in the sale of Cognac in Norway!
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