A Petite Champagne Cognac from 2014 finished in Sauternes wine casks
The innovation and style of this brand are undeniable, and their Philbert Rare Cask Finish Sauternes 2014 Cognac from the Petite Champagne is no exception. The design aesthetic is second to none in both the decanter and the eaux-de-vie; the result is an award-winning Petite Champagne Cognac made in small batches and finished in Sauternes wine casks to give exotic, fruity tones. It is considered to be an exceptional Cognac for its age. Ultimately, finishing in Sauternes casks brings a fullness to the cognacs, with notes of honey and orange.
This Cognac house favors artisanal quality over producing the same spirit again and again. Philbert works in harmony with nature and the geological makeup of the soil all the way from the vine to the bottles themselves.
Philbert, a Cognac house of two brothers were the first in the region to use rare cask finishes in Sauternes casks. They took over the family estate in 2006 and introduced innovative new methods. By 2012 they had tripled the area of vineyards. This time, they distill the Rare Cask Finish Sauternes 2014 Cognac with grapes from the Petite Champagne. The production of Sauternes wine is linked to the Botrytis fungus, known as a noble rot.
The region grows foggy in autumn when the grapes are harvested, and the River Ciron has cold water which flows into the Garonne which is a lot warmer. The fog is then formed over the hills of the Petite Champagne and the grapes grow here; the moist air is perfect for this fungus.
The rot decreases water content in the grapes, and instead it is turned into sugar. Once the grapes are frozen and pressed, the Sauternes wine is matured in oak casks for 18 to 36 months, creating a fruity cask. Once this rather complicated method of creating the casks is complete, the Cognac is distilled over lees with grapes from the Petite Champagne, and finished in the Sauternes casks. All of these factors contribute to the unique qualities of the Philbert 2014 Cognac.
Instead, The Cognac is proofed at 41.5% ABV, in a whiskey-style 70cl decanter.
How to serve
Enjoy this Cognac neat to allow the exotic flavors to develop on the nose and tongue.
The packaging and branding are modern, fresh and innovative. The design of the decanter and labeling is similar to that of a whiskey bottle to express craft creativity and quality.
Über Philbert Cognac
The Philbert brand is comprised of artisan cognacs, produced with the knowledge of over a century of experience. Although still a small and limited range, Cognac Philbert is available both in France and the USA.
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