Growth area & soil: Grande Champagne
An Aged Masterpiece From Delamain
Matured in well-seasoned Limousin oak, Delamain’s Extra de Grande Champagne is a blend from different distillers of the premier cru region of Cognac, where each Cognac is aged separately, the final aging takes place in one barrel for another two years - referred to as the ‘marriage’ process, a signature of this house. The family-owned Maison Delamain are rare in that they produce only Cognacs of exceptional age, rather than the younger VS and VSOP bottlings favored by other producers. Showing deep maturity and a full-bodied bouquet, it’s no surprise that this Cognac was declared “a masterpiece” by Wine Enthusiast Magazine.
Before bottling, all of Delamain’s eaux-de-vie lay waiting in their humid cellars on the banks of the River Charente. Each cask is exclusively crafted from aged French oak, allowing the closely-packed fibres of the wood to limit the influx of tannins. In turn, this helps to preserve the fruity flavours and more subtle nuances of the Cognac, but it also requires a longer maturing process. The different eaux-de-vie of the blend are aged separately for several years before being married together in a cask for a minimum of two years, allowing the flavors to fully integrate and develop in harmony. Finally, to reduce their Cognac to bottle strength, Delamain utilize the faibles - older, lower-strength Cognacs - rather than water, ensuring that nothing dilutes the flavor crafted by time.
This unrivalled passion for creating vintage Cognac has been passed down from generation to generation since 1759, the year when James Delamain left Ireland to settle in Jarnac as a Cognac merchant. His grandson Henri founded Maison Delamain in 1824, and today the ninth generation of the Delamain family still runs the company - with a total of fifteen employees. While they pride themselves on their Grande Champagne AOC, Maison Delamain prefer to not be tied to any specific winegrower or purchasing contract, instead of selecting individually the finest wines available every year. With this attention to detail, you can rest assured that every single bottle of Delamain Cognac will be an experience to savor.
Awards and Accolades
- Wine Enthusiast Magazine 2008: 96-100 points, ‘Highest Recommendation’
Presentation of the bottle
The Extra de Grande Champagne bottle is a decanter which has been designed and blown exclusively for Delamain. The shield on the front comes from an original plate made by Henry Delamain in 1762 at his delftware factory in Dublin for the wedding of his nephew James Delamain to Marie Ranson. An oversized, royal blue presentation box completes this luxurious package.
How to Enjoy Delamain Extra de Grande Champagne Cognac
Created with extraordinary care, this aged Cognac deserves your full attention. Serve neat in tulip glasses at room temperature, letting it rest for 30 seconds before taking the first sip. Perfect as an after-dinner drink, or enjoyed with rich desserts.
About Delamain Cognac
With an incredibly old family tradition, Delamain Cognac (et Cie) makes for an exciting Cognac house with roots dating back to the early 1600s! The family tree couldn't be more complicated, and yet the Delamain brand has managed to survive since its creation in 1762. This is a Cognac house that is unapologetic when it comes to quality, selecting only the very best from its suppliers in order to create its own exclusive Grande Champagne products. With the British aristocracy having influenced the Delamains for generations, their Cognacs such as Delamain Le Voyage, Tres Venerable, and the Grande Champagne Vesper - are authentically catered for blue blood!
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