Pasquet Lot 62 Cask 2 Cognac
Groeigebied (Cru) & bodem: Petite Champagne
Pasquet Lot 62 Cask 2 Cognac: a Treasured Family Heirloom
The second cask of their Lot 62, this vintage Cognac from Pasquet shows all the quality you’d expect from this small producer. The Pasquet Lot 62 Cask 2 Cognac has been made with Petite Champagne eaux-de-vie from a single harvest and aged in Limousin oak, making it a stunning snapshot of times gone by. The autumn of 1962 produced a small harvest, with relatively cool growing conditions that were saved by a very warm September. The resulting wines produced were particularly fruity, supple and elegant, perfect for creating flavorful eaux-de-vie suitable for extended maturation. Presented at a cask strength of 40.4%, this is an exceptionally drinkable Cognac.
The history of Pasquet Cognac begins in 1730 with the Serillet family managing vineyards in the Grande Champagne region. The property was passed down from generation to generation and eventually being handed to the Pasquet family in 1924 after Léonie Pasquet married into the family. After this, Jean-Luc Pasquet inherited the property in 1970 from his uncle and decided to create the Cognac Jean-Luc Pasquet brand. With stock inherited from previous generations and his own bottling line, Jean-Luc was able to create a staggering range of releases from the very start, from VSOP expressions all the way up to an 80-year-old bottling.
For over two decades, Jean-Luc and his wife Marie-Françoise cultivated their vines in a conventional manner, until poor health hit one of their plots. This prompted an interest in organic farming and after some promising experiments, the converted the whole vineyard a year later and obtained the Organic Agriculture label in 1998. Today, all Pasquet Cognac is made with all-organic grapes, grown without the use of pesticides, and naturally fermented without any artificial additives. The family control all aspects of production from start to finish, even bottling the Cognac on-site. Modernity and tradition go hand in hand on this estate, making it one to watch for the future.
Presentation of the Bottle
The tall, straight bottle has a classic look that perfectly reflects this quality of its contents. Topped with gold foil and featuring a simple label, this is a package that lets the liquid speak for itself. With its subdued colors and ‘hand-written’ font on the label, it has a timeless appeal that is sure to give it pride of place in any Cognac collection.
Rare vintages like this deserve attention: pour gently into a tulip glass and let it rest for 30 seconds before taking a sip. To allow the aromas to open up further, a small dash of mineral water could be added.
Over Pasquet Cognac
The all-organic house of Cognac 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 for its organic farming methods. It was here that they found a beautiful equilibrium in the ecosystem of their vines, and in their Cognacs themselves. Awarded ‘Agriculture Biologique status’ in 1998, they haven’t looked back since; as they continue to craft small-batch Cognacs. With ranges such as ‘L’Organic’ and ‘Esprit de la Famille’, the Pasquet family ensures that every step of their Cognac production respects the environment. And the resulting Cognacs are something very special indeed…
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