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Prunier Cuvée N°1 Winston Churchill

Exceptional 92 /100

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Cognac age
Hors d'Age
Growth area
Bottle size
Age (minimum)
40 years

Serge Valentin

Reviews written: 29 (see reviews)

Average Score given: 88

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I just adore this

Exceptional 91 /100

A vatting of 1967 and 1970 from the smallest Cru in Cognac, the Borderies (the borders), done in collaboration with the Maze-Churchill family. Colour: pale gold. Nose: what a difference some 7 extra-% make! This one is gloriously honeyed and floral, we're really nosing some kind of high-class meadows honey. I just adore this. Add some orange blossom water, oriental pastries, the subtlest pipe tobacco ever, a pack of fruit drops, whiffs of cinchona, a tiny pinhead of paprika… It really is a fabulous nose and should it be malt whisky, it would be a mid-1960s Lochside. Mouth: starts fully on some orange cordial and some very herbal vermouth, even Pimm's no.1 (didn't Churchill enjoy that as well? Wasn't he drinking anything anyway, from Pol to Johnnie?) More chartreuse and triple-sec then, an old bottle of curaçao found in a cupboard, many herbal liqueurs, genepy, verbena, gentian cordial… And even a little bitter beer. It really is the sum of many old-style drinks, while remaining a beautiful Borderies. Finish: rather long, even more rooty and orangey. Raisins and gentian in the aftertaste. Comments: spiritual metanoia in your glass, extremely dangerous.



very dry / not sweet very smooth / very sweet

very smooth very dry
very sweet not sweet

Wood 4/10

Spice 6/10

Fruit 10/10

Flower 3/10

Bottle / Package Design 5/5

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: 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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