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Pasquet "Trésors de Famille" Le Cognac de Paul L.57

Exceptional 90 /100

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Reviews written: 30 (see reviews)

Average Score given: 88

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Jean-Luc Pasquet 'Le Cognac de Paul L. 57' (42.3%, OB, Grande Champagne, Trésors de Famille, 319 bottles, 2023)

Exceptional 90 /100

A 65-year-old cognac, 100% Ugni Blanc, from Domaine Pradier-Gaillard, which, to be honest, I had never heard of until now. But that doesn't mean anything, of course. Colour: amber with copper highlights. Nose: it's very elegant yet still fresh and vibrant, starting with a hint of sherry, then moving on to fruit wines, fig wine, a few notes of old Muscat, marc, Malvasia, some mushrooms, wafts of old wine cellar, old barrels... But there's no sign of fatigue. Mouth: a magnificent sweetness without the slightest weakness, it's even quite tense, with flavourful herbal teas (mint, linden, thyme) and still a lot of ripe peaches, quince, plums, dried grapes, figs, and dates... A little bit of liquorice, pine resin, and star anise add even more tension to this very old cognac full of vigour and response. Finish: rather long, on plum tart and cinnamon, with just a slightly herbaceous and peppery aftertaste. Comments: there's a somewhat miraculous aspect to these cognacs that are over sixty years old, but it's true that on these small estates, the casks are watched like milk on the stove.



very dry / not sweet very smooth / very sweet

very smooth very dry
very sweet not sweet

Wood 5/10

Spice 6/10

Fruit 7/10

Flower 1/10

Bottle / Package Design 1/5

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

Value for Money 1/5

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: 90/100

  • 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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