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Growth area & soil: Grande Champagne
Ragnaud Sabourin Reserve Spéciale Alliance 20 Cognac: a Premier Cru Gem
Produced entirely from Grande Champagne Ugni Blanc grapes and matured for at least two decades, Ragnaud Sabourin Reserve Spéciale Alliance 20 Cognac is a Cognac of exceptional complexity and finesse. Like all Cognacs from this esteemed house, the grapes for this expression were harvested on the Domaine de la Voute vineyard, making it a single estate bottling. The number codes on the bottles point to the age of the liquid inside; hence, the ‘20’ used here indicates that the youngest eaux-de-vie in the blend has been aged for at least 20 years.
The Ragnaud-Sabourin estate was founded in 1850 by Gaston Briand and his son-in-law Marcel Ragnaud. Today, Annie Ragnaud-Sabourin and her son Olivier carry on the family expertise, focusing exclusively on eaux-de-vie produced from their own vines. Sitting on a hill outside the village of Ambleville in the south of Grande Champagne, this wonderful estate may be small, but it is also one of the most prominent houses in Cognac, selling fine eaux-de-vie to a range of larger companies. However, they always make sure to keep the majority for themselves, which is why the House of Ragnaud-Sabourin boasts unusually large stocks of old Cognac - some of which predate the phylloxera epidemic. As a result, they are able to offer a wide selection of high-end releases.
Few houses dedicate themselves to such a long-term view on their production, but the Ragnaud-Sabourin family know how to plan ahead. The present stocks kept in their cellars represent around fifteen years of future sales - a long-term investment, but always worth the wait.
Presentation of the Bottle
The Ragnaud Sabourin Reserve Spéciale Alliance 20 Cognac comes in a classically elegant slim bottle, with a vintage-style label featuring calligraphy text.
How to Enjoy Ragnaud Sabourin Reserve Spéciale Alliance 20 Cognac
Such a quality Cognac deserves time and attention. The complex fruit notes make it the perfect accompaniment to a candlelit dinner; serve this Cognac neat in tulip glasses at room temperature as a digestif and sip late into the winter night.
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Ragnaud Sabourin Reserve Spéciale Alliance 20
Tasting of a sample from this year´s Advent Calendar: Pale gold. Fine floral nose, blond tobacco, mild honey. Spicy and sweet on the palate, lacking some fruit and not really complex. Medium to long finish, ending on spices, honey and fine wood. Fine cognac for this price!
A bargain XO
The first thing that I notice in the glass is the natural color of this Cognac!! Nice floral notes lead off the nose, which is rather delicate and elegant. Not a big or robust nose. As it sits for several minutes, subtle fruit notes appear. It is surprisingly full-bodied in the mouth, starting...
Pale gold, honest in the glass. First nose is floral, strong, adding tobacco notes over time. Sweet power rounding out and filling the palate. Wonderful, I like this cognac all by itself. Generous and lengthy finish. Fights way above its weight class!
A true bargain
Ragnaud Sabourin is famous for their quality cognac. This is in the middle of the range with 20 years of age. For me this is a good everyday cognac. It is very nice on the nose with rich floral tones. In mouth you can find quite a lot of spices. This also continues into the finish, and it lasts for...
About Ragnaud Sabourin Cognac
A prestigious family-run estate with a history dating back to 1850, the cognac house of Ragnaud Sabourin are known for their blends and single vintages produced from only the 1er cru region of the Grande Champagne. Priding themselves at keeping firmly to family and tradition, even their employers and clients span the generations. The estate produces a complete range of cognacs, from a VS through to single year vintages, and Cognac Ragnaud Sabourin embrace the past, present and future to create cognacs of exceptional quality.
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