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Grape of the Art Jean-Luc Pasquet Lot 79 Cognac

Highly Recommended 87 /100

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Cognac age
41 Years Old
Growth area
Grande Champagne
Bottle size
Additional Info
Distiller: Jean-Michel Tribot

Serge Valentin

Reviews written: 10 (see reviews)

Average Score given: 86

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Blood oranges are signing peace in the aftertaste

Exceptional 91 /100

Pure ugni blanc, Limousin oak, humid cellar, stunning albeit a little artsy label, and cool folks at all stages. What else does the people want? (Please don't answer 'ask French unions'). Colour: deep gold. Nose: sublime, beehive-y, very narrow and very complex at the same time. Fab figs, fab raisins, fab honeys, fab sweet vegetables (red kuri squash) and a little milder tobacco. That's all folks, but that's a lot. Mouth: starts with a little resin, propolis and liquorice wood tannins, but gets then fruitier and more on jams, with some marmalade and then our beloved mirabelles and quinces. Mirabelles and quinces will save the world one day, you shall see! And peaches will help, as almost always, peaches would tend to try to seize control here. Finish: the resins are fighting back, but in the end, it is a draw. Blood oranges are signing peace in the aftertaste. Comments: the arrival on the palate was a notch frightening, but that was just me being a little impatient. In truth it is difficult to find much better cognac...


  • Fresh Fig
  • Honey
  • Liquorice
  • Peach
  • Raisin


Wood 6/10

Spice 4/10

Fruit 7/10

Flower 4/10

Bottle / Package Design 3/5

Where is the Love? Ordinary Nice Beautiful A sight to be seen!

Value for Money 3/5

Overpriced Low Average Bargain Steal



What aromas do you get when you sniff the Cognac? Do you get hints of fruits or flowers - perhaps it's sweet? Is it intense or rather flat - and most importantly, is the nose coherent to taste and finish? The nose is the most important part when tasting Cognac.



A small sip: Allow your taste buds in the various areas of your mouth to distinguish the different flavours. This part of cognac tasting is described as ‘the palate’. Don’t just swallow it down; allow the liquid to touch all the regions of the mouth. Doing this is necessary as the taste buds pick up contrasting flavours in the different areas of the mouth; on the tip of your tongue to the sides, for example. Take a tiny sip to prep your palate for the sensory experience to come. Take a second larger sip, and gently roll the cognac around, etting it come into contact with every corner of your mouth. Focus on the perceived textural sensations. Are the sensations round and rich or fresh and elegant? Is the overall mouthfeel intense, balanced, disjointed, or lacking presence? In short, how does the cognac feel in your mouth?



Quite simply, what do you taste as you gently roll the cognac around in your mouth? Pay close attention to any flavors of fruits, flowers, oak, and spices - or a complex combination of those elements. Are the flavors cohesive with the Nose and the Mouth, giving a sense of balance and complexity?



The ‘finish’ is the experience you get after you’ve swallowed the cognac. What flavours can you detect? Is it a flat or rough finish and rather sharp, or is it a slight 'punch' you like? How long does the finish last? Also think about overall balance: How does the finish compare to nose and taste?


Overall Impression

Consider the Nose, Mouth, Taste, and Finish simultaneously - the cognac as a whole. Is there cohesion between the four categories, or does the cognac shine in some areas and appear dull in others? Quite simply, is the memory from the tasting experience one that will last your lifetime; is the memory good but nothing extraordinary; or is the cognac’s impact entirely forgettable?


Total: 91/100

  • 80-84: Recommended
  • 85-89: Highly Recommended
  • 90-95: Exceptional
  • 96-100: Superlative
Flat Acceptable Fine Excellent Ethereal Thin & weak Disjointed Balanced Exquisite Bland Ordinary Good Excellent Spectacular Non-existent, or rough Acceptable Good Memorable Endless Uninspiring, or rough Ordinary Good Excellent Memorable
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