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Grosperrin L'ESSENTIEL

L'ESSENTIEL

A29

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RALENTIR - RÉFLÉCHIR - RÉUNIR

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ABV: 47.8 %

Growth Area: Fins Bois

Village: Matha Le Goulet

Bottle size: 70 cl

Lot: N°940 - Single Cask

Cask Volume: 206 L

Natural: No additives, non-chill filtered 

Date of last reduction: April 6, 2017

Limited Edition: 152 bottles

TASTING NOTES

Nose: Very Fins Bois, candied clementine and orange citrus jam, quince paste, soft earthiness, trace of old leather, slightly resinous, clove spice, sultry, dense, extremely precise

Mouth: Good density, flavor-rich, tight and precise, mouth watering, earthy candied orange-meated fruits (sweet clementine and blood orange), rich miel de fleurs, spice, balanced power from the leather, and wood notes, complex

Finish: Clean and precise, persistent, flavor notes linger on palate and only reluctantly fade away, palate left salivating inviting another smell and taste

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C$ 243
excl. TAX excl. shipping

Shipping US: $19/bottle

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L’ESSENTIEL is pleased to announce its most recent release, and the first edition of L’ESSENTIEL Season 2, in direct collaboration with Cognac Grosperrin.

The Cognac in question comes from the heart of the Fins Bois cru, between the communes of Matha Le Goulet and Thors. The vines that produced the wine, and therefore eau-de-vie, came from merely a few hectares of vines at the named place “Chez Train”. This part of the Fins Bois is particularly reputed for its agricultural and wine production - the proof being that 83% of the land at this location is devoted to these cultivations. Moreover, Parish records dating from 1686 make reference to the quality of this sector of the cru. According to Guilhem Grospserrin himself, the terroir is textbook Fins Bois: clay and limestone soil.

The grower who sensibly cared for these few hectares of vines was not a winegrower by trade. He worked an arduous career at the local plasterboard factory, only tending to his vines and garden on the side. It is important to distinguish between farmers who cultivate vines, such as the gentleman who produced this Cognac, and dedicated winegrowers and Cognac producers whose career is entirely Cognac.

On this subject Grosperrin remarks, “But twenty years ago, in the Bois (Fins and Bons), they were mostly farmers whose primary activity was not wine growing. Either they were workers, teachers, craftsmen, farmers for themselves or for others, and they had some vineyards. Some of them cultivated the vineyard as their garden, and often at the same time. Today, even if I still meet many very small winegrowers, often retired, who have stocks that they have been able to build up thanks to other professional activities, winegrowers have become specialized, and Cognac has become a full-time "job". There are fewer "poets" than before...but this is changing, the new generation is enthusiastic!”

The harvest at “Chez Train” was carried out by hand and was completed within the period of one week. Interestingly, the grower’s intention was never to actually be the owner of his own eau-de-vie. His small quantity of wine was typically distilled and sold thereafter to a large house, which positively contributed to the farmer’s modest financial situation. However, the economic crisis of the early 1990s saw his contract severed with the big house. Consequently, he found himself the reluctant owner of his own eau-de-vie.

With no actual cellar on his property, the farmer pragmatically opted to use a pig hut at the back of his garden. This hut had dimensions of 2.5 meters wide, 3 meters long, and 2 meters high. The floor was made of raw concrete, and the wooden supportive frame had scattered ceramic tiles as its roof. Grosperrin states, “This unusual cellar contributed a lot to the aging process, as the Cognac experienced very strong temperature variations during its first years of aging. It was very hot in the summer and very cold in the winter, which is equivalent to accelerated aging.”

The Cognac remained in these harsh, varied, and exposed conditions for eleven years.

In July of 2005, just one year after taking over Cognac Grosperrin, and at merely twenty five years old, Grosperrin purchased this barrel and transferred it to his cellar, mainly a “more classic” humid cellar in Chermignac. Eleven or so years in the pig hut, in addition to the remaining years in Grosperrin’s humid cellar have left a significant mark on this fascinating characterful Cognac.

And it must be noted this is one of Grosperrin’s earliest barrel purchases; it is only now seeing the light of day after a slow, patient, reflective, and sensible period of maturation under Grosperrin’s watchful eye - a perfect fit with L’ESSENTIEL’s ethos: ralentir, réfléchir, réunir.

Asked for a quick word on this A29 Fins Bois Cognac, Grosperrin enthusiastically commented, “I am pleasantly surprised by its evolution. Initially, the 1994 batch was superior. I remember that I was not very motivated to buy this older barrel, but the grower made it a condition in order to buy the 1994. We bottled the 1994 a few years later, and it was quite successful with our customers, who called it the "pig cognac". We sold the cask very quickly. To enhance this Cognac, we reduced the cognac slightly, and transferred it to the empty barrel of the 1994 for a few years. Then we changed the cask again to a cask that had previously contained very old cognacs, because the 1994 cask was no longer providing anything interesting, and at that point we proceeded with a new reduction. We also put this cask in a humid part of the cellar. The result is a gourmand, powerful, well-balanced cognac, which reflects our know-how: a special selection, and a patient and very precise aging. Today, I like this cognac very much, and I am proud of the work we have done together.”

The perfect demonstration of the work of a negociant-eleveur!

This decidedly Fins Bois Cognac is at an alcohol level of 47.8%. It is Lot N°940, Cask N°C-F2, with a barrel volume of 206 liters. While periodically reduced, the last reduction was performed on April 6, 2017 - a staggering five years ago. The Cognac is at its natural color and was un-chill filtered before bottling which took place just a few weeks ago. The Cognac does not contain any additives whatsoever.

In short: This L'ESSENTIEL A29 in partnership with Cognac Grosperrin is a firmly Fins Bois Cognac with a fascinating story and a singular character. And it cannot be understated that it is a perfect manifestation of Grosperrin’s mastery guiding a young Cognac to age, as one might carefully raise a child.

Please enjoy and always remember to slow down, reflect, and reunite - ralentir, réfléchir, réunir. Cheers!

Buy now

For a short explainer on the differences and similarities between Seasons 1 and 2 of L'ESSENTIEL, head over to this blog article. It's a worthwhile read as we have just now kicked off Season 2.

Grosperrin L'ESSENTIEL

ABV: 47.8 %

Growth Area: Fins Bois

Village: Matha Le Goulet

Bottle size: 70 cl

Lot: N°940 - Single Cask

Cask Volume: 206 L

Natural: No additives, non-chill filtered 

Date of last reduction: April 6, 2017

Limited Edition: 152 bottles

TASTING NOTES

Nose: Very Fins Bois, candied clementine and orange citrus jam, quince paste, soft earthiness, trace of old leather, slightly resinous, clove spice, sultry, dense, extremely precise

Mouth: Good density, flavor-rich, tight and precise, mouth watering, earthy candied orange-meated fruits (sweet clementine and blood orange), rich miel de fleurs, spice, balanced power from the leather, and wood notes, complex

Finish: Clean and precise, persistent, flavor notes linger on palate and only reluctantly fade away, palate left salivating inviting another smell and taste

C$ 243
excl. TAX excl. shipping

Shipping US: $19/bottle

Limited stock

L'ESSENTIEL

A29

NEW Exclusive Limited Edition

C$ 243
excl. TAX excl. shipping

Shipping US: $19/bottle

Limited stock

Sorry, all bottles are sold out - forever.

But take a look at the other stunning Grosperrin Cognacs we have available in our online shop.

Don't miss out on new releases - sign up to our newsletter.

ABV: 47.8 %

Growth Area: Fins Bois

Village: Matha Le Goulet

Bottle size: 70 cl

Lot: N°940 - Single Cask

Cask Volume: 206 L

Natural: No additives, non-chill filtered 

Date of last reduction: April 6, 2017

Limited Edition: 152 bottles

Discounts and vouchers cannot be used for Grosperrin L’ESSENTIEL.

Free Shipping is not applicable for Grosperrin L'ESSENTIEL.

L’ESSENTIEL is pleased to announce its most recent release, and the first edition of L’ESSENTIEL Season 2, in direct collaboration with Cognac Grosperrin.

The Cognac in question comes from the heart of the Fins Bois cru, between the communes of Matha Le Goulet and Thors. The vines that produced the wine, and therefore eau-de-vie, came from merely a few hectares of vines at the named place “Chez Train”. This part of the Fins Bois is particularly reputed for its agricultural and wine production - the proof being that 83% of the land at this location is devoted to these cultivations. Moreover, Parish records dating from 1686 make reference to the quality of this sector of the cru. According to Guilhem Grospserrin himself, the terroir is textbook Fins Bois: clay and limestone soil.

The grower who sensibly cared for these few hectares of vines was not a winegrower by trade. He worked an arduous career at the local plasterboard factory, only tending to his vines and garden on the side. It is important to distinguish between farmers who cultivate vines, such as the gentleman who produced this Cognac, and dedicated winegrowers and Cognac producers whose career is entirely Cognac.

On this subject Grosperrin remarks, “But twenty years ago, in the Bois (Fins and Bons), they were mostly farmers whose primary activity was not wine growing. Either they were workers, teachers, craftsmen, farmers for themselves or for others, and they had some vineyards. Some of them cultivated the vineyard as their garden, and often at the same time. Today, even if I still meet many very small winegrowers, often retired, who have stocks that they have been able to build up thanks to other professional activities, winegrowers have become specialized, and Cognac has become a full-time "job". There are fewer "poets" than before...but this is changing, the new generation is enthusiastic!”

The harvest at “Chez Train” was carried out by hand and was completed within the period of one week. Interestingly, the grower’s intention was never to actually be the owner of his own eau-de-vie. His small quantity of wine was typically distilled and sold thereafter to a large house, which positively contributed to the farmer’s modest financial situation. However, the economic crisis of the early 1990s saw his contract severed with the big house. Consequently, he found himself the reluctant owner of his own eau-de-vie.

With no actual cellar on his property, the farmer pragmatically opted to use a pig hut at the back of his garden. This hut had dimensions of 2.5 meters wide, 3 meters long, and 2 meters high. The floor was made of raw concrete, and the wooden supportive frame had scattered ceramic tiles as its roof. Grosperrin states, “This unusual cellar contributed a lot to the aging process, as the Cognac experienced very strong temperature variations during its first years of aging. It was very hot in the summer and very cold in the winter, which is equivalent to accelerated aging.” The Cognac remained in these harsh, varied, and exposed conditions for eleven years.

In July of 2005, just one year after taking over Cognac Grosperrin, and at merely twenty five years old, Grosperrin purchased this barrel and transferred it to his cellar, mainly a “more classic” humid cellar in Chermignac. Eleven or so years in the pig hut, in addition to the remaining years in Grosperrin’s humid cellar have left a significant mark on this fascinating characterful Cognac. And it must be noted this is one of Grosperrin’s earliest barrel purchases; it is only now seeing the light of day after a slow, patient, reflective, and sensible period of maturation under Grosperrin’s watchful eye - a perfect fit with L’ESSENTIEL’s ethos: ralentir, réfléchir, réunir.

Asked for a quick word on this A29 Fins Bois Cognac, Grosperrin enthusiastically commented, “I am pleasantly surprised by its evolution. Initially, the 1994 batch was superior. I remember that I was not very motivated to buy this 1993 barrel, but the grower made it a condition in order to buy the 1994. We bottled the 1994 a few years later, and it was quite successful with our customers, who called it the "pig cognac". We sold the cask very quickly. To enhance the 1993, we reduced the cognac slightly, and transferred it to the empty barrel of the 1994 for a few years. Then we changed the cask again to a cask that had previously contained very old cognacs, because the 1994 cask was no longer providing anything interesting, and at that point we proceeded with a new reduction. We also put this cask in a humid part of the cellar. The result is a gourmand, powerful, well-balanced cognac, which reflects our know-how: a special selection, and a patient and very precise aging. Today, I like this cognac very much, and I am proud of the work we have done together.”

The perfect demonstration of the work of a negociant-eleveur!

This decidedly Fins Bois Cognac is at an alcohol level of 47.8%. It is Lot N°940, Cask N°C-F2, with a barrel volume of 206 liters. While periodically reduced, the last reduction was performed on April 6, 2017 - a staggering five years ago. The Cognac is at its natural color and was un-chill filtered before bottling which took place just a few weeks ago. The Cognac does not contain any additives whatsoever. Its age cannot be explicitly stated, but the A29 sticker should leave only a little to one’s imagination - wink, wink.

In short: This L'ESSENTIEL A29 in partnership with Cognac Grosperrin is a firmly Fins Bois Cognac with a fascinating story and a singular character. And it cannot be understated that it is a perfect manifestation of Grosperrin’s mastery guiding a young Cognac to age, as one might carefully raise a child.

Please enjoy and always remember to slow down, reflect, and reunite - ralentir, réfléchir, réunir. Cheers!

Buy now

For a short explainer on the differences and similarities between Seasons 1 and 2 of L'ESSENTIEL, head over to this blog article. It's a worthwhile read as we have just now kicked off Season 2.

TASTING NOTES

Nose: Very Fins Bois, candied clementine and orange citrus jam, quince paste, soft earthiness, trace of old leather, slightly resinous, clove spice, sultry, dense, extremely precise

Mouth: Good density, flavor-rich, tight and precise, mouth watering, earthy candied orange-meated fruits (sweet clementine and blood orange), rich miel de fleurs, spice, balanced power from the leather, and wood notes, complex

Finish: Clean and precise, persistent, flavor notes linger on palate and only reluctantly fade away, palate left salivating inviting another smell and taste

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