Growth area & soil: Grande Champagne
Extra Francois Voyer Cognac: Award-Winning Quality
The Extra Francois Voyer Cognac could go down in the dictionary as the description of what makes Grande Champagne the Premier Cru of Cognac. Only the finest high-acidity Ugni Blanc grapes from the Premier Cru have been used for this blend, comprising eaux-de-vie aged for a minimum of 10 years, with the oldest components aged up to 45. The house of François Voyer uses French oak barrels from the Limousin, Bercée, Gâvre and Reno Valdieu forests, housed in optimal conditions to let the character of each cask develop fully over the years. Offering a true celebration of aromas and tastes - from oriental spices right through to the unmistakable perfume of cigar boxes - this Cognac has deserved every one of its dizzying number of awards.
The Chauchet-Voyer family have been distilling and aging eaux-de-vie in oak barrels since the 1870s – for over five generations. Focusing on the Grande Champagne cru, they work with numerous winegrowers in the area, as the domaine itself is a small-scale producer with only 28 hectares of land. They are, however, dedicated to maintaining a sustainable agriculture approach to protect biodiversity and public health and was one of the first 20 domaines to obtain the High Environmental Value (HEV) certification.
Selected Awards and Accolades
- World Cognac Awards 2018 - Gold Medal
- Paris Concours General Agricole 2010 - Gold Medal
- Restaurant Magazine – “For those who don’t want to follow the crowd”
- Guide Hachette 2010 – Coup de Coeur
- Cognac Magazine 2010 – “Elegant and complex. A champion.”
- Wine Enthusiast – 90/95
- La Revue des Vin de France 2010 – “The best we can expect from an ‘Extra’ in Grande Champagne”
Presentation of the Bottle
With its bold curved shape, the decanter immediately entices you to hold it. The gold details on the glass are beautifully reflected in the oversized gold stopper and a gold cord wrapped around the neck of the bottle. The presentation box is cleverly designed, with a wood section that pulls out, holding the bottle within its frame. Truly a centerpiece.
How to Serve
Rare old blends like this deserve your full attention: pour gently into a tulip glass and let it rest for 30 seconds before taking a sip. To allow the aromas to open up further, a small dash of mineral water could be added.
Please Don't Hate Me Because I'm Beautiful...
I am lovely, elegant and ever-so-perfectly balanced. Some think that I lack personality, but that's because I do so many things so very well. My harmonious flavors glide smoothly and subtly over the palate. My nose is gentle, but full and rewarding. Take your time with me and appreciate a great, hand-crafted cognac.
A very full masterpiece by Pierre Vaudon
I think this is a great blend - and don't forget this is produced by small artisanal producer Francois Voyer. So this is not a huge brand here selecting those blends.. Lovely Grande Champagne Extra Cognac: Very rich, and balanced. Chapeau Monsieur cellar master Pierre Vaudon!
About Francois Voyer Cognac
The 28 hectares of vineyards at François Voyer are situated in the Grande Champagne region, the Premier Cru of Cognac, renowned for producing eaux-de-vie with aromatic power and qualities suited to extended aging. François Voyer Cognac is a family-run Cognac house that is passionate about every detail of production, which is why their bottles can be found gracing the shelves of the best restaurants in France: Ducasse, Lucas Carton, Laurent and more. The François Voyer family vineyards are in Verrières and Ambleville and their house has been a home to Cognac production since the 1870s. Their product range is classical, with a range of young expressions as well as exceptionally old blends and vintage bottles. The house of Voyer fosters traditional knowledge and attention to detail; here, Cognac isn’t just made -- it’s crafted from scratch.
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