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Laurichesse Le Chai de Mon Père Fût 104 Cognac

Highly Recommended 87 /100

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Cognac age
Special
Growth area
Grande Champagne
Bottle size
700ml
ABV
47,4%

Taylor C.

Reviews written: 36 (see reviews)

Average Score given: 86

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Bio:

French wine, and the concept of terroir, captured my interest early on. Naturally, curiosity took me to spirits, in particular Cognac. Today I'm proud to be a member of the Cognac Expert team managing B2B projects, working on Cognac Expert Originals, and writing bottle reviews for the English Blog. I love to taste anything and everything - rum/rhum, whisky(ey), Armagnac, etc. - but no other spirit grabs my attention quite like Cognac, and all of its subtleties and nuance. Santé !

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Laurichesse Le Chai de Mon Pere Fut 104

Exceptional 91 /100
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Nose: A much different personality here. It smells more mature, better behaved, less extroverted yet still very sure of itself, confident. The oranges of Le Chai de Mon Pere Fut 301 have departed and been replaced by sweet earthy tobacco, vanilla, and a general feeling of woodsy earthiness. It smells so handsome, and it oozes maturity. For whatever reason, several Cognacs I’ve come across lately call into my mind certain men’s fragrances: Vallein Tercinier’s Fins Bois Lot 96 and Terre d’Hermes, Domaine Pasquet’s Le Cognac de Claude and Le Labo Tabac, and now Laurichesse’s Le Chai de Mon Pere Fut 104 Le Labo Tabac and Dior Eau Sauvage. It may sound hyperbolic to make such comparisons, but the nose of a fine Cognac is nothing short of perfumery, so I take no issue making such comparisons. Lastly, there is a chocolate note on the tail of each sniff. In short, an excellent uber-sophisticated nose!

Palate: Despite having a higher alcoholic strength than the Fut 301, Le Chai de Mon Pere Fut 104 is more balanced and easier to get along with. The sweet earthy aromas transitioned into actual flavors, which really works with the 47% alcohol. Dare I say that the alcohol is actually creamy. There is an Italian dessert that immediately comes to my mind, affogato. Take a rich creamy vanilla ice cream and pour a shot of roasty dark espresso over it. The espresso adds a chocolatey earthy note, but then the melting vanilla ice cream tempers the boldness of the coffee leaving a lasting earthy toasty creamy richness. I get affogato with this Cognac, a first for me and I love it beyond words!

Maybe I’ve been tasting too much single cask Cognac recently, but I can’t find a single thing aggressive with this eau-de-vie. One gets the best of both worlds: the richness and balance of a masterfully crafted blend paired with the intensity and singularity of a single barrel. It may lack some of the precision of the Fut 301, but this Fut 104 is pure class.

Wow Laurichesse! This is a bijou!

Finish: The finish fades away and does so with good manners. The signature from the barrel is present; however, the graininess is absent. The charming rusticity of the previous Cognac is gone and replaced with a little bit of tannic grip followed by flavors and sensations that decrease in clarity over a minute or two. There is no denying that this also is a rich spirit. Even on the finish the heft and richness is felt. One knows what he or she just swallowed was layered, complex, and mouth filing.

A spectacular Cognac!

Tags

  • Cocoa
  • Coffee
  • Rancio
  • Tobacco
  • Vanilla

Flavour

Wood 7/10

Spice 7/10

Fruit 5/10

Flower 3/10

Bottle / Package Design 4/5

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

Value for Money 5/5

Overpriced Low Average Bargain Steal

Tasting

Nose

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.

23/25

Mouth

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?

18/20

Taste

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?

24/25

Finish

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?

17/20

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?

9/10

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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