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L'ESSENTIEL A29 Grosperrin

Exceptional 90 /100

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Andrew J.

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Average Score given: 85

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Dark and stormy A29 Grosperrin

Highly Recommended 89 /100
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I like to think that most grosperrin has an identity that I can spot despite the many producers that all create different cognacs. For Grosperrin to me it is that yellow stone fruit, think of peaches and a touch of honey. Often mixed with a good touch of flowers. They always have just enough of an oak presence that the sweeter notes are never overpowering. This is to me the definition of elegance in a glass.

Now we come to A29, as suggested this is among the first of many casks selected by Grosperrin. And this one is a bit different than the others that i have tasted. This one leans much more into the dark and stormy tasting notes with the typical identity in tact it is also married with some dark and slightly spicy mexican chocolat. The rancio for me is much darker and this one requires extreme time in the glass to open up, just a few minutes is not enough! There is a lot to taste here and it is a little bit rambunctious. This is not your calm and quiet cognac. Maybe its from sitting with pigs for so long they rubbed off on it.

This is a cognac you will not forget it leaves a lasting impression.


Wood 7/10

Spice 8/10

Fruit 6/10

Flower 3/10

Bottle / Package Design 4/5

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

Value for Money 4/5

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: 89/100

  • 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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