Growth area & soil: Grande Champagne
An 'Impérial' Blend aged for 50 years from the Grande Champagne
Jacky Navarre, a magician among the Cognac producers, has stunned the region with his ability to create artisanal bottles such as the Navarre Souvenir Impérial Hors d’Age Grande Champagne Cognac.
It is fruity, multifaceted and complex from beginning to end. Aged for half a century, this Hors d’Age is an ‘Imperial’ example of Jacky’s ability to produce Cognac blends from the Grande Champagne. It has undergone a process unlike most: non-chill filtered, nor colored or boiséd with wooden chips.v It is, just as it was meant to be - straight from the barrel.
Not only does he produce fantastic Cognacs straight from the barrel, but he is also a master blender. Jacky Navarre is a fourth-generation distiller and grows grapes on his eleven-acre estate in Gondeville. He is a master of distillation, and uses no water - he simply allows his Cognacs to reduce by natural evaporation.
The Souvenir Cognac has been distilled in his 30hl Charentais pot still. Navarre is one of the last purists of his kind, and the barrels are oxidized by the humidity of his cellar alone. Allowing nature to do the work, he produces Cognacs with an incredible depth of aromas and undeniable rancio.
Presentation of the bottle
Bottled at its natural cask strength, which is 40% ABV.
How to enjoy
Cognac can be enjoyed in a variety of ways, but considering the age and production process of the Souvenir Cognac, we recommend enjoying it neat, at room temperature in a snifter glass.
Very different taste
When friends talk about Cognac, they often mention Jacky Navarre, one of the mixologists in Cognac, and a friend of mine told me that his Cognac products were special and not what we normally drink.
I went to the cognac specialist's shop and bought a bottle of Jacky Navarre's medium-grade cognac.it is Navarre Souvenir Impérial Hors d'Age Grande Champagne Cognac.
I met up with some friends last night and opened the bottle of cognac. Wow, the cap was opened and it overflowed with a very special, unprecedented aroma of peeled mangoes and ripe papayas that we have here in southern China.
After some time, the aromas of apples and ginger are added. The cognac, when you take a sip, is very pleasant, with notes of mango and passion fruit, sweet and smooth, with a persistent finish and hints of sandalwood and dried eucalyptus leaves.
The cognac was unanimously praised and we were very happy to have such a rare taste.
Thank you to the cognac- expert for giving us a happy moment, thank you!
About Navarre Cognac
You could consider Jacky Navarre, fourth generation distiller of Cognac Navarre, to be one of the last remaining “purists” of his kind. Distilling from the eleven-acre estate in Gondeville of the Grande Champagne, he hand-harvests his fruit - a true artisanal method that is nowadays rare to find. This ancient Cognac house crafts truly traditional Cognac, with an average of 40-50 years for one blend alone. Amazingly, the Cognacs that emerge from this house have no water added - the barrels are oxidized over a long period by the humidity of the cellar alone. The result is a Cognac of unrivaled quality, aroma and depth. His rule is simple - “let nature do most of the work” and the rest will come.
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