Pierre Ferrand Renegade Barrel No.2 Brandy
Growth area & soil: Blend
Pierre Ferrand Renegade No 2
Produced by the renowned Maison Ferrand and the second release from Pierre Ferrand’s Renegade Barrel, this spirit’s unique aging process means it technically cannot be classified as a cognac. The liquid gold is made with Pierre Ferrand cognac and initially aged for five to seven years in 350 litre traditional oak barrels, with a small amount of 25 year old cognac added, it is then transferred to 225 litre barrels made from chestnut wood for its final year. This practice was apparently popular before 1945, but has since been forgotten and as such was not included in subsequent Cognac AOC regulations and therefore is an eau de vie de vin, rather than a cognac. The chestnut cask that the brandy is finished in is what gives it the notes of candied fruits, floral and honey.
Pierre Ferrand Renegade No 2 is made entirely using Ugni Blanc grapes from the Grande Champagne era and 18 casks went into its release to produce 700 bottles. Maison Ferrand prides itself on exploring ancient methods of distilling and this delicious nectar speaks to the importance of preserving such methods. A limited edition release in 2017, the spirit then went on to win a silver medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition in 2018.
Presentation of the bottle:
A vintage label design that acknowledges the history of this distillery process and uses the classic Ferrand brand colours of gold and red to compliment the rich colour of the brandy itself. Presented in a crisp and sophisticated black and gold box, the whole package oozes indulgence.
How to enjoy:
This eau de vie de vin was created for the purpose of neat enjoyment and is perfectly suitable for this. However, high quality sipping spirits are often over-looked for use in cocktails and should not always be so. Paired with other high quality ingredients, the Pierre Ferrand Renegade No 2 offers the opportunity to create a complex and exquisite cocktail.
About Pierre Ferrand Cognac
The estate of Cognac Pierre Ferrand is located directly in the ‘golden triangle’ of the Grande Champagne region of Cognac and is owned and run by Alexandre Gabriel. Specializing in old and very old cognacs, Pierre Ferrand is only bottled and shipped to order. They have also developed some unique production techniques of their own that are used in the aging and distillation process and have introduced innovative ways of collaborating with smaller scale producers. Both the vineyards and company headquarters are located in the 18th century Château de Bonbonnet at Ars, just 10 kms from the town center of Cognac itself.
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