At the turn of the century, in 2000, Camus released Extra Elegance – a cognac that was innovative at the time, and was a story that told the history of the cognac house. The blend won many awards, and 15 years later, they released what they describe as ‘the darker side’ of the cognac – Camus Extra ‘Dark and Intense’.
More aromatic and intense than its predecessor, Camus Extra Dark and Intense Cognac has managed to retain its elegance and purity. The creation of such a cognac is thanks to the skill and ability of the Cellar Master. After selecting the eaux-de-vies to be included, the barrels are opened and the contents removed. The barrels are then exposed to an open flame for just the right amount of time (as determined by the Cellar Master). This process regenerates their full aromatic potential. The cognac is then returned to the barrel to continue to age. This is then tested on a daily basis to ensure that the process is stopped at just the right time when it's arrived at the perfect, and unique, character.
The cognac is presented in a dark and elegant carafe, topped by a band and gold colored cap that represents the flame toasting process during its creation.
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Tasting review by Camus
On the eye: bright, tinted with mahogany and topaz.
Nose: sturdy and powerful offering crème brûlée, gingerbread and roasted macadamia nut aromas.
Palate: intense and seductive with creamy, buttery notes, robust and lingering finish characterized by subtly spicy dark chocolate notes.
Since 1863, five generations of the CAMUS family have cultivated a single-minded passion for crafting great Cognac with their own style. With 180 hectares in the smallest and rarest AOC cru - Borderies - renowned for producing eaux-de-vie with an intense floral bouquet and excellent ageing qualities - the Camus family has always been deeply involved in winemaking and distilling. It is this unbreakable bond between the land, the traditions and the men who live on it, that helps craft superb Cognacs. In 2000, the House premiered with the first ever 100% Borderies XO Cognac. A solid success, it was to become the Camus signature Cognac, offering an outstanding combination of violet and vanilla spice aromas of intense velvety smoothness.
Camus Elegance range is a bold illustration of CAMUS’ Living Tradition with Cognacs that truly respect the original character of the eaux-de-vie and are remarkable for the finesse of their blends. In its ongoing search to explore the diverse regions of the Cognac appellation, CAMUS became the first Cognac House to capture the unique marine notes of the Ile de Ré vineyards. Raised and aged on the island, Camus Ile de Ré Cognacs typically offer fresh iodine notes with hints of dried fruit with archetypal mellow softness. Produced in limited quantities, they offer a rich and unique taste experience. Camus also proposes a Masterpiece collection of rare, limited cuvées, each consisting of a unique, exceptional blend presented in spectacular cases as well as Rarissimes vintages of most extraordinary Cognacs - certified under bailiff’s supervision and bottled without reduction, allowing them to express the full strength of their aroma and character.