Cognac No. 16 Laurichesse
Malternative Belgium & The Whisky Jury Cognac
"Le Roi de l'Automne" No. 16 Laurichesse
This exceptional single cask Cognac from the mid 1970s is a Grande Champagne of the highest level.
Handmade on a wood fired small alambic Charentaise and then kept with great care until the bottling date 30/06/2022. An extremely refined and ultra-fruity Cognac is the result. Rarely could we taste such a balanced Cognac!
The result of passion and craftsmanship, a collaboration between father and son.
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If you are looking for alternatives, feel free to check one of the following Cognacs:
- Laurichesse "Le Chai de Mon Père" 104
- Laurichesse "Le Chai de Mon Père" 301
- L'ESSENTIEL A29
- L'ESSENTIEL A45
We also asked spirits experts, Angus MacRaild of Whisky Sponge, John Go of Malt Review and the Cognac Expert team the question: “Do you have a Cognac Malternative? Which is your personal favorite? This is what they revealed: discover.
Growth Area: Grande Champagne
ABV: 50.4 %
Bottle size: 70 cl
Laurichesse was launched in 2018, by Olivier and Léa, partners in life and in Cognac production. We visited Olivier and Léa and talked to them about their passion. Discover the whole story of Laurichesse.
Eye: A rich coffee-like color.
Nose: Deep and flavoursome, the nose first presents hints of Caribbean rum. Followed by Demerara sugar, and smokey notes of tobacco leaves and cigar boxes. There are also some spicy aromas including nutmeg, clove and cinnamon, before fragrances of rancio and leather kick in.
Mouth: Rich, always with clear undertones of brown sugar and molasses, alongside figs and prune jam. The mouth then prevails with hints of liquorice and tobacco, before notes of leather and a few drops of Fernet Branca come to life. There is an underlying caramel sweetness that complements notes and flavors of burnt cake while keeping slightly tannic woody aromas in check.
Location of the Dordogne in France
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Ysatis and Pieter - the couple behind Malternative Belgium
About Malternative Belgium
Ysatis and Pieter founded the Malternative label just before the Corona pandemic in March 2020.
It all started following several trips to Cognac between 2015 and 2020, where the pair fell in love with the authenticity, history, hospitality and gastronomy of the Cognac region. As lovers of whisky, they slowly began to make the switch to Cognac - an esteemed "malternative".
Working with different brands, Ysatis and Pieter personally visit the Cognac producers to form good relationships in order to make their own selections to be sold under their brand name. The bottles are completed in France, and the labels are personalized with a special mention of the producer.
The latest project of malternative saw the couple open up their very first experience store in Hasselt, Belgium which features their own bottlings and the likes of Daniel Bouju Lot 60 Cognac by Malternative Belgium (of course!) as well as other rarities from esteemed Cognac houses including Pineau des Charentes and bottlings distilled between 1903 and 2018.