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Up to 20% OFF: September Sale (Harvest Edition)

The most important time of year in the Cognac calendar is upon us, it’s crunch time. Harvesting season is here!

To celebrate this pivotal stage in the Cognac making year, we too have harvested some interesting deals for a September Harvest sale. We know you'll find a Cognac or two that will be perfectly at home in your drinks cabinet.

Up to 20% OFF

Harvest season usually starts at the end of September and generally lasts for about three weeks, however the start date can fluctuate by a couple of weeks on either side, depending on the growing conditions that year. And in years as turbulent as 2022 - fraught with frost, hail, and extreme heat - it is a moment of long hours but packed with huge satisfaction.

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Bertrand

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Our September Sale Cognacs

Laurichesse Le Chai de Mon Père Fût 104

US$ 176 US$ 153
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Laurichesse Le Chai de Mon Père Fût 104

Growth Area: Grande Champagne

ABV: 47.4 %

Distilled: 1970s

This Grande Champagne Cognac was distilled in the 1970s by Guy Laurichesse, father of Olivier, who founded the Laurichesse Cognac brand with his wife Léa in 2018. The current range of Laurichesse Cognac seeks to highlight eaux-de-vie distilled by Olivier’s father Guy in the 1970s. 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.

Bertrand Héritage N° 2

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Growth Area: Petite Champagne

ABV: 48.9 %

Vintage Year: Hors d'Age

Bertrand Heritage Limited Edition N° 2 Cognac is a 100% Petite Champagne Hors d’Age offering from the long-treasured “Heritage” lot of Simone and Raymond Bertrand, the grandparents of Therese and Samuel who are today’s generation at the Domaine des Brissons de Laage. Simone and Raymond both grew up in the Petite Champagne region of Cognac and separately learned the ways of Cognac production from their families. Simone grew up at the Domaine des Brissons, where her father taught her, while Raymond’s family has been in Reaux since 1731, with a windmill and vines at the Domaine de Laage. So naturally, when Simone and Raymond married in 1948, they combined the two domains into one, forming the Domaine des Brissons de Laage.

Bertrand Héritage N° 2

US$ 285 US$ 251
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Mauxion Fins Bois Lot 49

Mauxion Fins Bois Lot 49

Growth Area: Fins Bois

ABV: 45 %

Vintage Year: 1949

An extremely rare Cognac, this release hails from the municipality of Saint-Georges d’Antignac in the Fins Bois region. Stephane Burnez and Thibault Mauxion sourced this sublime Cognac and personally hand-picked a cask for the prestigious Mauxion Selection series, in order to share its exceptional taste with the world. Mauxion Fins Bois Lot 49 was distilled shortly after World War II and bottled in 2016 at a cask strength of 45% (‘brut de fut’). In order to preserve its most delicate aromas, it has not been chill-filtered.

The reason that beginning the harvest on the correct day is so important is because with each day that the grape remains on the vine, the levels of acidity and sugar ripeness increase. The amount of natural sugar found in the grape determines the final alcohol level and Cognac production requires low sugar content (for low alcohol levels) and high acidity grapes. You can imagine then, that this is quite a high-pressure situation for the winegrowers, as they taste the grapes each day leading up to harvesting season, waiting for the perfect balance of sugar and acidity. Harvest the grapes too soon, or too late, and the farmer’s whole year leading up to this has been jeopardized. Making this vital decision requires a seasoned professional who possesses both skill, intuition, and an acute palate.

Once harvesting begins it is all hands on deck, every person involved must operate at peak performance and for three weeks, dawn to sunset, there is a constant stream of grapes going from the vineyards to the winepress. Historically all vineyards were harvested by hand, however as the Cognac market has grown, and technology has improved, the vast majority of producers have transitioned to using mechanized harvesting. Mechanized harvesting is without a doubt a faster, more efficient, and cost-effective approach, however it can also result in more damage being done to the vines and the grapes due to the physical trauma of dragging the grapes off their stems. There are still a small number of Cognac producers who have endeavored to keep the method of harvesting by hand alive due to both a sense of tradition and to protect the grapes; although there are questions as to how much longer this will be feasible for.

Harvesting grapes by hand is a much gentler approach and the majority agree that it produces a smoother and superior Cognac. However, hand harvesting is a time-consuming process and one that requires the help of many pickers, something that producers are increasingly struggling to find. When Cognac Expert spoke to the remaining hand-harvesting producers, each of them expressed that they were considering switching over to mechanical harvesting, a tragic shame but a possible necessity.

André Petit

The family-run Cognac house of André Petit can be found in Berneuil and its roots in Cognac production go all the way back to 1850. Traditional methods of Cognac making have been passed down through the Petit generations, including the harvesting of the grapes by hand, and it is this slow and meticulous process that has resulted in some exquisite Cognacs. The Cognac house is today run by fourth-generation family member, Jacques Petit. Jacques informed us that he intends to begin his harvest on the 5th of October, so if you find yourself in Berneuil over the next few weeks, keep an eye out for Jacques who will be out from dawn to sunset picking the result of his year’s work.

Discover more about Jacques and the brand André Petit.

Reviews:

94/100 pts by Dimitre Ivanov 22 Aug 2021

Napoleon in battle: bold, assertive, dominant presence.

Lip-smacking with bold flavors. There is nothing subtle about this cognac. Bottled at esteemed 44.3% vol. this cognac will capture your attention and not let go. This is a serious cognac for the connoisseurs, that made me appreciate even more the cognac from the often-overlooked Bon Bois Cru. Highly recommended. Nose: bursting with aromas. This is not a shy cognac.

90/100 pts by John 26 Jan 2022

Only Petit in name but Grand in flavor.

It feels like this was crafted to be a mysterious and intriguing blend. Like a lady you’re interested in. She only gives you just enough motivation to learn more about her. But it’s at a snail’s pace. You feel like you’re being toyed with but another part of you thinks the reward/s will be really worthwhile. (Oh it’s worth it.)

Navarre

Cognac Navarre is considered one of the last remaining ‘purist’ producers. The Cognac House was established in 1811, but the Navarre family had been producing Cognacs as far back as the 18th century. Maison Navarre is located in the Grande Champagne region and is today run by fourth-generation distiller, Jacky Navarre, who still uses the traditional methods of production that were employed by his ancestors.

The Cognac Navarre line is limited to just four outstanding products, which makes sense when you understand the extensive time and skill that goes into each one. Jacky Navarre hand-harvests his grapes, and distills on the lees in his 30 hectoliter Charentais pot still, adding no sugar, boisé, caramel coloring, or water. Jacky allows his Cognacs to reach 45% proof solely through natural evaporation, a time-consuming process but one that produces Cognacs of unrivaled quality, aroma, and depth. Over the coming weeks of October, you will be able to find Jacky in his vineyard picking the grapes for his future eaux-de-vie.

Discover Jacky Navarre, the man behind the brand.

Reviews:

94/100 pts by Wenge wu 08 Oct 2020

Very different taste

When friends talk about Cognac, they often mention Jacky Navarre, one of the mixologists in Cognac, and a friend of mine told me that his Cognac products were special and not what we normally drink. I went to the cognac specialist's shop and bought a bottle of Jacky Navarre's medium-grade cognac.it is Navarre Souvenir Impérial Hors d'Age Grande Champagne Cognac. I met up with some friends last night and opened the bottle of cognac. Wow, the cap was opened and it overflowed with a very special, unprecedented aroma of peeled mangoes and ripe papayas that we have here in southern China.

94/100 pts by Ronald Eminian 09 Mar 2021

Navarre Souvenir

Outstanding bouquet! Very forthcoming. Great follow through on the palate and a long and lingering finish . A great producer of a classic style cognac.

Reviews:

94/100 pts by Wenge wu 08 Oct 2020

Very different taste

When friends talk about Cognac, they often mention Jacky Navarre, one of the mixologists in Cognac, and a friend of mine told me that his Cognac products were special and not what we normally drink. I went to the cognac specialist's shop and bought a bottle of Jacky Navarre's medium-grade cognac.it is Navarre Souvenir Impérial Hors d'Age Grande Champagne Cognac. I met up with some friends last night and opened the bottle of cognac. Wow, the cap was opened and it overflowed with a very special, unprecedented aroma of peeled mangoes and ripe papayas that we have here in southern China.

94/100 pts by Ronald Eminian 09 Mar 2021

Navarre Souvenir

Outstanding bouquet! Very forthcoming. Great follow through on the palate and a long and lingering finish . A great producer of a classic style cognac.

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