Growth area & soil: Fins Bois
The story of the Cognac d'André L.68/72 and the story of André Porchet
Le Cognac d’André L.68/72 comes from the vineyard of André Porchet, located in Asnières-la-Giraud in the Fins Bois cru. Intended for all spirits lovers, this Cognac is a demonstration of balance and complexity. The alcohol is well melted, giving way to fruits and spice.
This magnificent Cognac from André L.68/72 is the result of the work of André Porchet representing the 6th generation of his family. Gaëlle, André’s youngest daughter, has allowed us to select this very special Cognac from the family's cellar deep in the Fins Bois.
Gaëlle studied at the Lycée Agricole de l’Oisellerie, near Angoulême, where Jean Pasquet and Gaëlle were both students in the BTS VITI-OENO program. At the end of our studies, both lost sight of each other for several years to finally meet again thanks to our common friendships in the Charente.
Gaelle and her brother Yann, 7th generation, took over the 40 hectares of vineyards from the family business. Gaelle now shares her life between her native Fins Bois and Bordeaux, where the father of her children is a talented oenologist.
The Porchets cultivate their vines with as much passion as discretion. The adage “to live happily, live hidden” could be their motto. André is a reserved man of few words. He defines himself as a link in a long chain of winegrowers. With his wife Mireille, an adopted Charentaise of Breton origin, they have worked together, despite the wine crises, to make their family vineyard prosper. From their 10 hectares of vines in 1975, they were able to pass on some 40 hectares to their children.
Without discontinuity, this family has cultivated the vineyard since 1680! Even during the catastrophic phylloxera years, there was no interruption in production. André wants to pass on and guard a family tradition that goes back several hundred years.
The Porchets have a real knowledge of wine making and an authentic mastery of distillation. Until 1974, the distillery used a 10hl wood/coal still. Since then, gas has replaced coal and today, with two additional 25 Hl stills, the family distills their entire production.
This lot L.68/72 is the witness of André’s first years in the vineyard. Jean Pasquet was immediately seduced by this very atypical Cognac which is perfectly drinkable at a high degree, a singularity in the Cognac world.
The Porchets have a real signature. Gaëlle likes to say that “it smells like home”, as if the scent of this beautiful eau-de-vie will always bring her back to this place, wherever she is. The blend of the different vintages was composed in the 80’s and has not been modified to this day.
From this lot L.68/72 Pasquet Cognac has drawn 738 bottles on September 07, 2022.
very dry / not sweet very smooth / very sweet
It's incredible how floral this one is
André's 1973 had been just flabbergasting three years ago (WF 92). It stems from the village of Asnières-la-Giraud, north of Saintes. Colour: full gold. Nose: it is tighter, more austere, more elegant as well, more on cakes at first, but it would then get more aromatic, with pears poached in Yquem...
About Pasquet Cognac
Certified organic Cognac house Pasquet perfectly strikes the balance between the warmth of family tradition and innovative savoir-faire. In order to revive a plot of vines during the 1990s, the Pasquet family reached deep into their ancestral history to rediscover its organic farming methods. It was here that they found a beautiful equilibrium not only in the ecosystem of their vines, but also in the Cognacs themselves. Since being awarded ‘Agriculture Biologique’ status in 1998, they haven’t looked back, continuing to craft small-batch Cognacs that epitomize natural beauty and balance. With versatile ranges such as ‘L’Organic’ and ‘Esprit de la Famille,’ the Pasquet family ensures that every step of production respects the environment, resulting in a very special collection of Cognacs.
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