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L'ESSENTIEL A12 Conte et Filles

Highly Recommended 85 /100
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Nose: Bright and lively, suggesting youthful freshness. Immense fruitiness: ripe pear, baked green apple, mirabelle plums, splash of sweet lemony citrus not unlike that of some mid-aged riesling. Lemon curd. A tiny dash of vanilla. A refreshing absence of oak and spice, no rancio. Very fine. Very fresh. Close to the distillate. If one thinks of the Cognac aroma wheel, this is firmly in the upper hemisphere of that wheel.

Palate: Lovely texture. Good acidity and juiciness. Excellent drinkability. Fresh and youthful but oh so pleasant. This is indeed distillate forward, not oak forward - and wow what a fruity Cognac it is! The same immense fruitiness from the nose appears: pears, mirabelle plums, other yellow plums, sweet lemon citrus, green apple applesauce. Taiwanese pineapple cake, lemon curd, both giving a pleasant touch of gourmandise. Cream.

Finish: Medium length, commendable but not one to contemplate for ages. A very inviting, cheerful Cognac. One smell and sip demands another, and another, and so on. Complexity is on point for its 12 years of age. A Cognac to drink and enjoy - the perfect “session” Cognac. A fascinating display of young un-messed with Petite Champagne character. While firmly a Cognac, the traces to some whisk(e)y is unmistakable, notably Teeling (Irish) and Aultmore.

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Highly Recommended 85 /100

About Conte et Filles

The Conte et Filles vineyard is family-owned and has existed for 5 generations, anchored in the limestone valleys of Charente. Today, it is the two sisters Blandine and Anne-Laure who invite you in for a taste of their world and passion for agriculture with every sip of their Cognac, wine and Pineau des Charentes offerings.

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