30 Years Old XO Cognac
In our quest to expose lesser-known Cognac brands, this week we’re shining the light on Lembert. Proving itself as a firm favorite at our last family blind tasting, Lembert XO left a lasting impression across the entire table. With little recognition outside of France, it’s safe to say, this Cognac house merits some well-deserved attention.
Surprisingly very good. At this price point I assumed it would be good but average; turns out it’s above average for sure. I got the impression the taste started leaning towards nutty or almond and less fruity, but more balanced after a few tastings, it was great. Planning on ordering again....
Wow what an extroverted singular fruity style of Cognac. I cannot recall the last time I encountered so many young pure fruits in a Cognac. Tutti fruity fruit candy. Dole mixed fruit cup - with the juice. Fresh and clean. The overt fruitiness can almost be disconcerting to some. So while I absolutely...
Growth Area: Petite Champagne
Cognac Age: 30 Years Old, distilled in 1991
Bottle Size: 70 cl
Quantity: Limited Edition
A Petite Champagne blend, this exclusive Cognac reaps the benefits of the region's limestone-rich and sun-drenched, chalky soils. As an XO Cognac, it's 30 years old, a single cask distilled in 1991, with some of this Cognacs components having spent far longer maturing in French oak casks.
The house of Lembert may be relatively unknown in the grander scheme of things compared with other household names; however, on a local level, it's hard for the brand not to have a dominating presence as its vines stretch across three of the largest crus in Cognac. And with six generations of savoir-faire behind the brand, it's safe to say that cellar-master Didier Lembert certainly knows a thing or two about producing Cognac of outstanding quality.
Please note that demand is high and Didier will do his best to produce new bottles as soon as possible. The bottles will be shipped from the beginning of May.
A lesser-known family-run Cognac brand, the house of Lembert works hard to keep decades worth of savoir-faire alive through its small range of exclusive Cognac products. With vines spread across the Petite Champagne, Grande Champagne and Fins Bois crus of Cognac, it may be a small Cognac name but owner Didier Lembert, certainly makes his mark on the local industry, despite the brand’s low-key online presence.
Currently, in its 5th generation, Maison Lembert is fronted by Didier Lembert with help from a nephew who works alongside him in the family-run business. With decades of savoir-faire having been passed on generation after generation, the brand is today more established than ever before.
In the past, Didier once cultivated Colombard grapes, which are today very rare in the Cognac world; however, nowadays, Lembert uses Ugni Blanc grapes exclusively to form their blends of eaux-de-vie. With 22 hectares of the vine to care for extending across 3 of the Cognac crus: Petite Champagne, Grande Champagne and Fins Bois, it’s safe to say Didier and his team have a lot of work on their hands.
Every step of the Cognac making process takes place on-site - from the vinification to the distillation, ageing and blending. During the distillation process, Didier uses Alembic stills of 2500 litres that he inherited from his father (the 4th generation to take the reigns of the business).
As part of the Cognac producing process, Didier takes pride in ensuring the presentation of his Cognacs are in keeping with the spirit and passion that goes into the brand. Albeit one of the final stages of production, the bottling and branding of a Cognac are fundamental to its sale. So Didier draws inspiration from the whisky industry, where many producers name their brand after the closest river to their estate. In this way, the house of Lembert’s logo is of a “trèffle”, which is the French name for a four-leaf clover, and rather fittingly, it is also the name of a small river located right by where Didier grows his vines.