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Laurichesse Le Chai de Mon Père Fût 104 Cognac

Exceptional 90 /100

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Cognac age
Special
Growth area
Grande Champagne
Bottle size
700ml
ABV
47.4%

Nikola M.

Reviews written: 11 (see reviews)

Average Score given: 85

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Bombastic Cognac.

Exceptional 91 /100
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Delicious Lucious Dense Nose!!! Wonderful rancio, nuts, wood, some tobacco, some orange, sweetness. Nose is consistent with the mouth with very fine oranges and spicy notes that make the mouth dry but longing for more. This is one of the best cognacs I have tasted so far. Also, I get a hint of old Armagnac that is not overpowered by woody notes, particularly the orange notes.
With a few drops of water, I get more fruity notes, with orange at the front, tropical fruits, and a bit more sour this time. Long aftertaste that starts sweet and fruity-citrusy and goes darker, spicy and more nutty; the sour orange-citrus-spicy notes stay for a few minutes.
This is a truly wonderful cognac with a strong, unique character, but it is not for beginners and certainly not for someone who just wants an aged smooth cognac. However, I am sure that if you are a fan of single-cask, higher-ABV spirits, you will find this one a gem.

Flavour

Sweetness

very dry / not sweet very smooth / very sweet

very smooth very dry
very sweet not sweet

Wood 7/10

Spice 5/10

Fruit 5/10

Flower 2/10

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?

23/25

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?

18/20

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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