Léopold Gourmel Extra Age des Epices 20 Carats is a Tres Vieux Cognac, very old. You might want to have this cognac after a good meal, with a good Burgundy wine. This Cognac matures very slowly in oak barrels, a slow pace is important for this product. After 25 years of ageing a cask stops brining more aromas to the cognac - but after 20 years a Cognac reaches a certain peak. This Extra Cognac is pure vintage, no additives, aged in untoasted barrels; and certainly not chill-filtered.
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Tasting notes: Colour: Dark and golden. On the nose really round, some sweet honey hints, here and there leather. In the mouth rather powerful, slow opening - then spicy with pepper notes and coriander. The finish is dominated by ginger and butterscotch.
This cognac house has always relied on natural processes. From growing the grapes to picking, maturing, distilling, aging and bottling them, Gourmel cognac is free of any chemicals, pesticides or additives to enhance color in respect of nature and the final product. The philosophy of the company is to concentrate on quality not quantity, which means that one year the outcome may be higher than in others. This is further shown by the radical decision to produce only pure vintage cognacs, so there is no blending of different years in order to create VS, VSOP or XO cognacs for instance. To go with this authentic approach, the design of Gourmel is simple and modern.