IWFS Tasting Set
International Wine & Food Society
Welcome to the IWFS Hollywood Cognac tasting. Cognac’s nuance and layered complexity, along with its versatility around the table, allow for a heightened sensory experience with good food and in good company. Bonne dégustation !
François Voyer XO Gold
Age: 20 - 30 year blend
Eye: Old golden color.
Nose: Some fruits, vanilla and a balance between oak and more fruits.
Palate: In the mouth, an elegant force, but smooth. A vanilla fragrance and balance between fruit and wood, typical of old Cognacs.
Pairing: Fermin Jamon Iberico de Bellota
Vallein Tercinier Lot 89
Age: 29 years old (distilled 1989, bottled 2018)
Eye: A sprinkling of amber and light bronze initially, but the main element on the eye is the striking golden hue.
Nose: Initial hints of citrus and lighter fruits come through. Take another sniff to enjoy the darker and deeper flavors within. Notes of tobacco and cinnamon contrast perfectly with the citrus.
Palate: The palate is exquisite. A hefty chunk of apricot and vanilla can be tasted with lighter themes of prune and Madeira.
Pairing: - Valserena Solo di Bruna Parmigiano
- Reggiano Roquefort Papillon Black Label
Prunier XO Très Vieille
Age: 45 year average, including 60 year old cognac
Nose: Menthol, leather, candied fruits, walnuts, dark chocolate and a hint of licorice. Creamy tannins melt into rancio, dominated by vanilla and tobacco.
Palate: Delightful elegance and floral finesse. Further notes of archetypal rancio, fresh hazelnuts, dark chocolate and toffee follow into an exceptionally long finish.
Pairing: Letterpress Jamaican Chocolate (70% dark)
André Petit Hors d'Age
Age: distilled 1990
Eye: A rich, garnet amber that glimmers with age.
Nose: Rich and balanced, some oak and spices. You can find a rich, well-balanced bouquet with considerable finesse and elegance. It releases a delicate flavor of oak as well as lovely spicy aromas of jasmine and tobacco leaves.
Palate: The taste is impressive and old, the finish is long and fresh.
Pairing: Kougin Amann
Mauxion Borderies Lot 14
Age: distilled 1914 (first winter of WWI)
Eye: Deepest amber.
Nose: A spectrum of aromas rise from the glass; violets, gingerbread, hazelnut and walnut blend together, creating a rich impression.
Palate: Soft and harmonious, with a subtle sweetness and hints of dried fruit - figs, prune, and cranberry - towards the finish.