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Laurichesse: Le Chai de Mon Père -

My Father’s Cellar

The true art of Cognac making requires a unique blend of skill, passion, heritage, and a touch of mystery; the house of Laurichesse has each of these ingredients in perfect measure.

Laurichesse was launched in 2018, by Olivier and Léa, partners in life and in Cognac production. The couple has their own 40 hectares Grande Champagne vineyard in Roissac which Olivier decided to take on after spending many years tending to his family’s vines in Verrières. With a shared love for Cognac, and a synergistic working relationship, Olivier and Léa had a dream of producing their own bottlings of eau-de-vie. However it was Olivier’s father, Guy, who would prove to be the fundamental piece of the puzzle in what would become Laurichesse.

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In the 1970s Guy had taken care of the family vineyard and there he had distilled Cognac in the old 12hl alambic, still present on the property today. Over the next 40 or so years, the eaux-de-vie had been patiently waiting, still within its barrels, in a small and secret cellar at the bottom of Guy’s garden. It was only when Olivier and Léa were discussing their future dreams that Olivier remembered his father’s secret stash, as if it called to him, and the couple requested to taste the mysterious eaux-de-vie.

Fast forward four years and Olivier and Léa have tasted all the eaux-de-vie from Guy’s cellar, and are now ready to release this special range, which consists of two single cask Cognacs, and best honors the brilliant work of Guy. Both releases were distilled in the 1970s by Guy, and were carefully selected and bottled so as to highlight the extent of Guy’s craft and know-how, meaning there has been no reduction or addition of any additives or flavorings.

Together, Olivier, Léa, and Guy make the perfect team. Olivier acts as cellar master and is responsible for distilling, bottling, and labeling future Cognacs, whilst Léa handles the communication, marketing, and some design. At almost 80 years old, and despite supposedly retiring 15 years ago, Guy’s passion is still going strong and you will find him keeping a wise and watchful eye over all the goings-on. This first collection from Laurichesse is aptly named, ‘Le Chais de Mon Père’, which translates to ‘My Father’s Cellar’.

Olivier and Léa are both native to Segonzac where they are based today with their three children, yet they did not find each other until 2010 when Léa returned to Segonzac to study at the University of Eaux-de-vie. Prior to meeting and falling in love, Olivier had been gaining experience and learning the trade of Cognac viticulture. Having come from a long line of winegrowers he had always wanted to work in the Cognac vineyards, and after receiving a scientific baccalaureate, Olivier proceeded to study for a degree in viticulture and enology. Following his studies, Olivier started out working in Alsace and then in Médoc, before returning to the family property in 2003 to hone his craft under the skilled guidance of his father, Guy, who had been distilling eaux-de-vie all his life

Léa, who was still yet to meet Olivier, had pursued her passion in wine and spirits, obtaining a license in the trade in 2008 and proceeding to complete a three-month internship in New York working for an importer-distributor. It was upon returning to Segonzac in France to continue her studies that Léa found a kindred soul in Olivier who was working on his family’s vineyard, and the two decided never to part.

The importance of family to Olivier and Léa is clear to see (and taste), and something that they wanted to portray in their branding. The Laurichesse logo bears a lion and a lioness, to represent Olivier and Léa, and three Fleur de Lys which signify the couple’s three children. Based on this impressive first range from Laurichesse and knowing that their territory spans two vineyards in the Grande Champagne region, we’re excited to see what this pride will release next.

Laurichesse Le Chai de Mon Pere Fût 104 Cognac

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Cognac Age: distilled in the 1970s

Natural: Doesn't use caramel, sugar or other additives

Grape Variety: 100% Ugni Blanc

Growth Area: Grande Champagne 

ABV: 47,4 %

Bottle size: 70 cl

TASTING NOTES

Color: Golden amber

Nose: Sophisticated and earthy aromas of sweet tobacco, vanilla, and the forest floor, with a closing scent of chocolate.

Palate:Rich and creamy on the palate, reminiscent of affogato with notes of vanilla, espresso and earthy chocolate.

The finish is layered and complex.

Distilled in a 12hl still on the family property of Verrières, Laurichesse Le Chai de Mon Pere Fût 104 Cognac was matured in a French oak cask and has been bottled at a cask strength of 47.4% ABV with any color or additives. Only 392 bottles have been produced, making this an extremely rare Cognac to own.

Laurichesse Le Chai de Mon Pere Fût 301 Cognac

$ 200
excl. VAT excl. shipping

Cognac Age: distilled in the 1970s

Natural: Doesn't use caramel, sugar or other additives

Grape Variety: 100% Ugni Blanc

Growth Area: Grande Champagne 

ABV: 45 %

Bottle size: 70 cl

TASTING NOTES

Color: Rich red amber

Nose: Dominant aroma of spiced oranges on the nose, accompanied by a subtle scent of fresh vanilla and a finishing touch of cedarwood.

Palate: The intense spiced orange notes on the nose carry through to the palate, with an undertone of fine dark chocolate. An exceptionally rich and mouth-filling Cognac with a satisfying finish.

Distilled in the 1970s by Guy Laurichesse, whose son Olivier founded the Laurichesse Cognac brand with his wife Léa in 2018. It was produced with a 12hl still on the family property of Verrières, which remains there to this day. Only 388 bottles have been produced in total, making this an extremely rare Cognac to own.

Bottle Review by Taylor

The Le Chais de Mon Père range presents two strikingly different Cognacs, yet each is outstanding in its own right. With only 388 bottles of the Fût 301 and 392 of the Fût 104 available, it would be wise to act fast if you want to experience these treasures.

Read Taylor's whole review.

Le Chai de Mon Pere Fût 104 Cognac

Rated: Exceptional 91/100 Points

For a more detailed critique of this new release go over to the Cognac Expert review platform. There you cen find a precise tasting matrix as well as specific tasting notes and a total ranking.

Le Chai de Mon Pere Fût 301 Cognac

Rated: Highly Recommended 85/100 Points

For a more detailed critique of this new release go over to the Cognac Expert review platform. There you cen find a precise tasting matrix as well as specific tasting notes and a total ranking.

  • Located in Segonzac
  • Still using barrels from the time of the Second World War
  • Distilled in the 1970s
  • Cognacs are limited in quantity

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