Growth area & soil: Grande Champagne
A Pierre 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 Pierre 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 Pierre 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.
Pierre 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 Pierre 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 Pierre Ferrand Cognac
The estate of Cognac Pierre Ferrand is located directly in the ‘golden triangle’ of the Grande Champagne region of Cognac and is owned and run by Alexandre Gabriel. Specializing in old and very old cognacs, Pierre Ferrand is only bottled and shipped to order. They have also developed some unique production techniques of their own that are used in the aging and distillation process and have introduced innovative ways of collaborating with smaller scale producers. Both the vineyards and company headquarters are located in the 18th century Château de Bonbonnet at Ars, just 10 kms from the town center of Cognac itself.
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