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Laurichesse Le Chai de Mon Père Fût 301 Cognac

Highly Recommended 87 /100

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Cognac age
Special
Growth area
Grande Champagne
Bottle size
700ml
ABV
45%

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 301

Highly Recommended 85 /100
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Nose: Holy spice-infused oranges! I’ve never tasted such an orange-forward Cognac before. The orange fruit is dominant; it is candied (not fresh); it is spicy, and it is full of character. It even smells as if some of the orange peel, with its zestiness and its bitterness, got in the mix. There is a jam that Bonne Maman makes called Orange Amere. I get notes of that jam with this glass. Underneath the exuberant oranges and spices, there is fresh vanilla, but it really is faint and in the shadow of the fruit and spice. Lastly, just as I pull my nose out of the glass, I smell the fragrant fresh cut cedar wood plank. At the risk of over simplifying this nose, I pick up three main waves of smells: intense spiced candied orange, vanilla, and cedar. This is such an interesting nose, if unsettling as I’ve never encountered one like it before.

Palate: A spicy orange intensity hits the palate from the outset. I’m surprised at the richness of this Cognac. Some of the really mature eaux de vie I’ve tasted increase exponentially in elegance with age. But here, the richness of flavor and texture have ramped up, instead of scaling back, melting, and increasing in finesse. I’m not saying it lacks elegance; what I’m saying is that it is exceptionally rich and mouth-filling for its age. Unsurprisingly, the flavors are of spice-coated oranges, orange peel with some of the white bitter pith mixed in, wood, and even fine dark chocolate with orange zest. The orange citrus notes add to the Cognac’s precision, giving the Cognac direction on the palate. Moreover, there is a graininess to the overall mouthfeel. If this were a wine, I’d say it has grainy tannins. The force of the long period of time spent in oak exerts itself but in a measured way. The grainy tannins are followed by a gentle bitterness, and both the tannins and the bitterness cause my cheeks to cling to my teeth. Let me be clear though, while charming, this is characterful, mouth-filling and singular Cognac. A bad boy in nice clothes one could say.

Finish: As hinted at above, the finish is comfortably astringent and bitter. Single cask Cognacs often have this profile. Think of it as the barrel’s signature on the eaux de vie, an imprint that marks the Cognac for the rest of its days. The flavors linger for a good while, but the length is not something I’d classify as everlasting. Really, this is fine by me though. As long as the flavors and sensations do not fall off of a cliff, I’m content. And here they stick around just enough for me to taste them, ponder them, and then get back to smelling and sipping.

An unexpected and very interesting Cognac!

Tags

  • Candied Fruit
  • Cedar
  • Cocoa
  • Orange
  • Orange Zest
  • Spices
  • Vanilla

Flavour

Wood 6/10

Spice 8/10

Fruit 7/10

Flower 4/10

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?

16/20

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?

21/25

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?

8/10

Total: 85/100

  • 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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