A fine Grande Champagne, artisan Cognac
The Tres Rare Paul Giraud Cognac is a 40 year old spirit, making it the second oldest Cognac of the range. Its blend consists of the most supreme Grande Champagne eaux-de-vies of the collection, and is classified as a ‘Hors d’Age’ Cognac. This denominates the Tres Rare as one of the highest quality Cognacs available, due to its lengthy maturation process. The Giraud family have listened to the eaux-de-vie as they age in the cellars, waiting for the optimum moment across various generations to bottle it and make history. It is complex, as you would expect from this prestige terroir, and is the perfect hedonistic Cognac to ignite your senses.
The Paul Giraud Cognac maison have built their reputation on preserving a fine heritage; on passing pearls of wisdom about the Cognac making process from one generation to the next, in the heart of the Premier Cru. In a region that is optimum for creating exceptional blends, the Giraud family authentically master their Cognac using a technique that does not descend from assemblage. Harvested by hand, the Ugni Blanc grape rises from the lime-rich soil of the region; overlooked by the castle of Montmorency-Bouteville. The Tres Rare is then aged in Limousin oak barrels for up to four decades.
How to enjoy the Paul Giraud Tres Rare Cognac
A fine Grande Champagne Cognac should be enjoyed neat; taking in its flavors on every level, and with each of the senses. Enjoy it with your fellow Cognac lovers, with a cigar. It is optimally served at around 16 to 17 degrees Celsius. The bottle is simple and slim like all of those at the small Cognac producer of Paul Giraud.
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Giraud Tres Rare Cognac
I decided on this cognac after reading about many of the cognacs available on Cognac-Expert.com, and after seeing the previous customer review. I like that Giraud was organic with no chemicals, was a small family owned cognac house, did not blend together different years, and that all the grapes were from Le Grand Champagne region and were Premier Cru. It seemed a way to taste a very “pure” cognac in a way similar to a single malt whiskey.
I was not disappointed, as this is a great cognac. I agree with everything the previous reviewer said about the nose and flavors, especially the fudge or chocolate and toffee flavors, which are very noticeable. I also get some fig and fruit rind/citrus flavors. The initial taste on the palate is strong and vibrant, and continues through to the finish with great intensity, so this is a very powerful and flavorful cognac for those that appreciate cognacs with great character and intensity. If you’re looking for a soft, understated, and unassuming cognac, well, this isn’t it. This is a cognac to stand with the best single malts. It’s a class act in every way.
OBOY what a positive surprise this was. Tres Rare is golden light color, it’s an excellent and lovely Cognac which tells us that color of the Cognac has nothing to do with its age or quality because this one is just superb.
This is a 40 years old Cognac, its blended until perfection using pure vintage Cognac and not blending from different years, that’s my understanding.
On the nose its very soft but on the palate it’s an incredible complex Cognac done by a master of the old sort.
The nose and palate/taste brings memory of some light spices like pepper, but also vanilla, toffee/fudge, banana and wood.
The finish is warm and smooth very pleasant and it’s a long-lasting one, almost like I’m going to hold on to it for the whole evening.
I’m going to enjoy this one, highly appreciated master class Cognac, but trust me I’m going to purchase another one and put away in my cellar for the next years to come.
About Paul Giraud
The location of Cognac Giraud is in the prime "1er Cru" cognac growing area of the Grande Champagne, which allows Giraud to produce an exquisite cognac range, from a 6-year old to a 50-year old cognac. The estate is based in Bouteville, and with some additional vineyards in St. Même-les-Carrières, the growing area comes to 35 hectares. The cognac house combines a strong belief in traditional methods with a modern take on cognac production, avoiding any kinds of chemicals or pesticides in their agriculture and coloring additives in the final blends. The work on the plants as well as the actual harvest of the grapes is still done manually, assuring the best possible treatment of the grapes in order to generate the highest quality for the eau-de-vie. Also, Giraud only produces pure vintage cognacs, which means that they never blend eaux-de-vie from different years, but trust in the fine differences between the annual vintages.
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