Growth area & soil: Grande Champagne
Bache Gabrielsen “Beyond Age” Cognac
The Bache Gabrielsen Hors d’Age is a high-end Cognac from the Grande Champagne terroir, and considered to be the “pièce de résistance” of their selection. It consists of a mix between the Ugni Blanc and of the rare Folle Blanche grape, and is exclusively cultivated in the Grande Champagne growing area.
The dark amber liquid mirrors its age; the Hors d’Age is a blend made up of eaux-de-vie that has been aged in Limousin oak barrels between 50 and 70 years. The oak barrels give Cognac its full spice experience, and Bache-Gabrielsen use only the best.
The oldest eaux-de-vie in the blend reaches back all the way to 1917, and the youngest to around 1960; this is undeniably reflected in the quality of the blend itself. It is a rich Cognac with plenty to show off about, and comprises the best elements of fine Premier Cru produce, such as its long finish.
The Hors d’Age is a work of art that is only available for this limited period only, and would make a wonderful gift in its stylish box.
How to enjoy Bache-Gabrielsen Hors d’Age
Make sure to drink this Cognac neat, and at room temperature. You want to tease out every single one of those aromas…
The slender 0,7l bottle is presented in a crafted wooden box that seems to be inspired by Scandinavian furniture design. It reflects the modern philosophy of the Cognac house; always putting quality first, and never failing to be style conscious.
Read our blog to discover more about the wonders of this Cognac estate, and their recently announced new distillery location.
Bache-Gabrielsen Hors d’Age Awards
This Cognac has received countless awards, including:
- Silver Medal at International Wine & Spirit Competition UK, 2017
- Gold – Best Superior Quality Cognac at World Cognac Awards UK, 2015
- Gold Outstanding Medal at International Wine & Spirit Competition UK, 2014
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I am truly a cognac connoisseur and have tasted over 75 houses and 200 different blends. And I refer only to bottles with XO and more. This cognac is one of my top 25 cognacs and is the best value for money. You should definitely try this cognac for yourself.
Excellent long-aged cognac
Aromas become richer with time. Rancio aroma reminiscent of fine black tea. Plum. Some spices, including cinnamon. Apricot, slight vanilla, fine wood, slight floral notes. The characteristics of Grand Champagne are well expressed. The taste is predominantly spicy but mildly stimulating. Flavours...
Outstanding Hors d'Age Cognac
Bache Gabrielsen Hors d'Age is a mix between the Ugni Blanc and Folle Blanche grapes. The oldest eaux-de-vie in the blend reaches back all the way to 1917, and the youngest to around 1960. A lovely blend of fruit and spice greets the nose, with more spice than normal in a Cognac. As it opens, that...
One of my favorite Cognacs
An impressive Cognac that starts with a spicy (but for sure not too spicy!) nose, well balanced. In general, this Cognac is not too smooth, but still easily drinkable with a fantastic long aftertaste. It deserved all the awards it has won! Go for it if you haven’t tasted it yet, it’s one of my...
Of all Hors d'age cognacs I have tasted, trist is by far my favourite. I just love it, a bit on the expensive side, but to me it worth it. For some reason though, it seams that it is not to appreciated, my last bottle I bought on auction for 90 euro. I think that this is a must try cognac otherwise...
Like the other reviews I have enjoyed the Bache brand for some time now. This one was special, although its more expensive than in years past, it's still a value. I am tough on my ratings, but this one was exceptional. Not too thin, or thick on the palate. The nose gives you variety of fruity...
A select cognac for select friends
I get a certain sense of excitement every time I bring out the Bache Gabrielsen Hors d’Age. It presents well right out of the box when you are sharing the story and history to those you are about to enjoy it with. The nose is very enjoyable and the taste is long and smooth. I find the combination...
Bache Gabrielsen Hors d'Age Grande Champagne Cognac
I didn't expect to buy Bache Gabrielsen Hors d'Age Grande champagne cognac at such a price. Amazingly, it's packed in beautiful wooden boxes, with Christian Bache Gabrielsen's autograph. It's so affordable.
A moment of satisfaction
I've always been aware of the BACHE brand and have had their 15 and 20 year old XO cognacs, but after drinking this bottle of Hors d'Age Grande Champagne Cognac, I have to say that the BACHE cognacs are really impressive. Upon opening the bottle, the overflowing aromas of fruit, flowers and spices...
A great Hors d'Age that used to be cheaper!
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,...
About Bache Gabrielsen Cognac
Bache-Gabrielsen is a medium-sized family Cognac house with an international history. The company was created in 1905, and so it celebrated its 100th anniversary in the last few years. With its clean design, Cognac Bache-Gabrielsen takes an important position in the Cognac market, exporting mainly to Scandinavian countries. Hervé Bache-Gabrielsen, the fourth generation at the head of the company, is certainly aware that the Cognac industry is undergoing changes, with the international market being heavily developed and marketing strategies refined to cater for a younger, more fashionable consumer base. Given the size of the company compared to the major cognac houses, it is surprising to discover that this Norwegian cognac brand is the market leader in the sale of Cognac in Norway!
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