The flagship Cognac of the house, the Bache Gabrielsen Hors d'Age Grande Champagne Cognac is, as the name suggests, made exclusively from eaux-de-vie from the premier cru of the region. This award winning Cognac is over 50 years in the making, with the oldest in the blend dating back to 1917, and the youngest from around 1960.
The Cognac is a true delight for all the senses. From the dark tones that show its age, through the wonderfully rich bouquet, onto the palate that has excellent balance between fruit, flowers, and spice. It's powerful from the first moment, and feels deliciously soft in the mouth. Presented in a delightfully simplistic bottle and wooden presentation case, this is a Cognac for the connoiseur. And it would certainly be well received as a luxury gift.
IWSC 2014 - Gold medal
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Eye: Dark, golden color
Nose: Rich and generous, exceptional aromas of fruits and flowers
Palate: Very balanced, with some spicy hints. An extremely well rounded Cognac with a wonderfully long finish
So this Hors d'Age is really a solid one by Bache Gabrielsen.. it used to be a little cheaper but that wasn't really necessary / reasonable. Nutty notes, great nose.. the palate is slightly weaker than the nose, a very solid finish. Value for money: I would have given 5/5 stars with the previous price, now we can make it 4/5! Nice work Jean-Philippe (celler master at Bache)
Bache Gabrielsen Horsdage is a great cognac, and very good value for money (it was even cheaper in the past.. they somehow now upped the price because the demand is so high I assume).. in a beautiful wooden box. The only downer is that the wooden box often gets damaged during transport for a reason.. but hey, it's the bottle that counts. Great palate, beautiful nose.