The Gourmel Ages des Epices Cognac is a delight - both in taste and presentation. It comes in a unique decanter with a wonderful wooden stopper, and is housed in a beautiful wooden presentation case.
Old gold in color, Leopold Gourmel state that on the nose it's "round, with a sweetness from the wood, honey, and old leather". On the palate it's rich and powerful, with a slow, spicy beginning, followed by hints of pepper and coriander. To finish the taste is of cloves, ginger, and butterscotch.
Aged for between 20-25 years, this cognac reflects all the wonderful complexity of the wooden barrels in which it's aged. Created with strictly no additives, and never chill-filltered. The cognac house says it's a wonderful winter cognac and delightful with pure black chocolate.
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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.