Nearly a Century of Cognac Magic: Navarre Ancestrale 1925 Cognac
Navarre Cognac is the producer on everybody’s lips - and with good reason. Jacky Navarre can even stun us by turning his hand to Millésime Cognacs and selecting one outstanding harvest - and he has selected the Navarre Ancestrale Vintage 1925 Cognac to demonstrate his prowess.
A single cask of eaux-de-vie from the prestigious Premier Cru aged for an incredible 94 years, it has undergone a particular process unlike most Cognacs: that is non-chill filtered, nor colored or boiséd. It is as it is, straight from the cask - from nearly a century ago.
Jacky Navarre is a fourth generation distiller, and grows grapes on his eleven-acre estate in Gondeville. He is a master of distillation, and uses no water - he simply allows his Cognacs to reduce by natural evaporation. This Ancestrale Cognac comes from the Grande Champagne, and has been distilled in his 30hl Charentais pot still. It is artisanal craft at its finest. Navarre is one of the last purists of his kind, and the barrels are oxidized by the humidity of his cellar alone. Allowing nature to do the work, he produces Cognacs such as the Ancestrale 1925 with an incredible depth of aromas, and undeniable rancio.
Presentation of the bottle
Bottled at its natural cask strength, which is 45% ABV.
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You could consider Jacky Navarre, fourth generation distiller of Cognac Navarre, to be one of the last remaining “purists” of his kind. Distilling from the eleven-acre estate in Gondeville of the Grande Champagne, he hand-harvests his fruit - a true artisanal method that is nowadays rare to find. This ancient Cognac house crafts truly traditional Cognac, with an average of 40-50 years for one blend alone. Amazingly, the Cognacs that emerge from this house have no water added - the barrels are oxidized over a long period by the humidity of the cellar alone. The result is a Cognac of unrivaled quality, aroma and depth. His rule is simple - “let nature do most of the work” and the rest will come.
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