Growth area & soil: Grande Champagne
A Ferrand spirit aged in chestnut barrels
Practically a Cognac, this is in fact an ‘eau-de-vie de vin’ aged slightly differently to a regular Cognac. This family Cognac house continue to wow us with the Ferrand Renegade Barrel No2 Chestnut Eau-De-Vie de Vin which is firstly aged in French oak barrels, and then matured in a unique barrel made from wood of the chestnut tree - the result of breaking Cognac traditions and revolutionizing them. The result? A taste and aroma sensation that is incredibly fine - like no other you’ll have tasted. Since 1945 the practice of maturing Cognac in chestnut wood has been a long forgotten practice, and is no longer considered part of AOC regulation of Cognac - but Maison Ferrand showcase the reasons why it makes for wonderful eaux-de-vie with their rare Renegade Barrel No2.
Created with Ugni Blanc variety grapes, it is a blend of eaux-de-vie between 5 and 7 years old. They are aged in oak, then used Cognac casks, with a small proportion of 25 year old Cognac is in there somewhere, too. It is finished for a year in a chestnut finish barrel, and finished to 47.1% ABV.
The name comes from a daring nickname given to Alexandre Gabriel of Ferrand for pushing boundaries with this chestnut-matured Cognac. His experimentation led him to be called a ‘renegade’’. While Cognac production is largely wrapped up in tradition and generations of savoir-faire, Gabriel has proved that there is still much to be explored and discovered with the Renegade No 2. His plan is to release another every year.
Ferrand pride themselves on experimenting with age-old techniques for Cognac production, and deliver every time. The precious nectar of the Ferrand Renegade 2 arrives in a classic small decanter, that is the perfect introduction to a beautiful spirit.
This eau-de-vie was created in limited quantity.
How to enjoy the Ferrand Renegade No 2 Chestnut Eau-de-Vie de Vin
Naturally, this eau-de-vie should in part be enjoyed neat to experience all of what it has to offer. However, it should not be dismissed in a cocktail with high quality ingredients.
About Ferrand Cognac
Drawing inspiration from the savoir-faire of 10 generations of winegrowers and cognac makers in the heart of the Grande Champagne, Premier Cru de Cognac, Ferrand is a place where passion and curiosity reign. Since 1989, owner and Master Blender Alexandre Gabriel has been an inveterate experimenter, from the grape varietals he features in the Ferrand Cognac range to the casks used in the brand's ageing process.
Team Ferrand's commitment to creat a new paradigm in the time-honored realm of cognac is regularly awarded with prizes from the spirits industry. The devotion of a global family of enthusiasts is our mantra.
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