Growth area & soil: Grande Champagne
François Voyer Cask Experience N°1 Cognac: a Marriage of Oak and Spirit
Crafted exclusively from grapes harvested in the Grande Champagne growing region - widely considered the finest of all the Cognac crus - the delightful François Voyer Cask Experience N°1 Cognac has been matured for eight years and unusually finished in American ex-bourbon casks. The combination of French and American oak has created a sumptuous depth of a flavor and sweet aromas of coconut and bananas, typical of well-aged bourbon. This is a very limited release of only 620 bottles, bottled at a respectable strength of 43.1% ABV.
Only high-acidity Ugni Blanc grapes from the Premier Cru have been used for the eaux-de-vie in this VSOP blend. The French oak barrels used by the house of François Voyer uses wood sourced from the Limousin, Bercée, Gâvre and Reno Valdieu forests, and the eaux-de-vie for this blend have been aged in a combination of damp and dry cellars to create a delicate balance of aroma and flavor. The Chauchet-Voyer family have been distilling and aging eaux-de-vie in oak barrels since the 1870s – for over five generations. This cask experiment is a wonderful example of how wood influences the aromas and flavor of Cognac, showing that new ideas can exist alongside tradition.
Focusing on the Grande Champagne cru, House of François Voyer works with numerous winegrowers in the area, as the domaine itself is a small-scale producer with only 28 hectares of land. They are, however, dedicated to maintaining a sustainable agriculture approach to protect biodiversity and public health and was one of the first 20 domains to obtain the High Environmental Value (HEV) certification.
Presentation of the Bottle
The François Voyer Cask Experience N°1 Cognac comes in a tall, slim bottle with black foil and an intricately designed label.
How to Enjoy
This Cognac is best enjoyed as a digestif with a drop of water to fully bring out the most delicate aromas. After pouring, allow your Cognac to rest for 30 seconds, letting the flavours concentrate and fully develop before taking a sip.
About Francois Voyer Cognac
The 28 hectares of vineyards at François Voyer are situated in the Grande Champagne region, the Premier Cru of Cognac, renowned for producing eaux-de-vie with aromatic power and qualities suited to extended aging. François Voyer Cognac is a family-run Cognac house that is passionate about every detail of production, which is why their bottles can be found gracing the shelves of the best restaurants in France: Ducasse, Lucas Carton, Laurent and more. The François Voyer family vineyards are in Verrières and Ambleville and their house has been a home to Cognac production since the 1870s. Their product range is classical, with a range of young expressions as well as exceptionally old blends and vintage bottles. The house of Voyer fosters traditional knowledge and attention to detail; here, Cognac isn’t just made -- it’s crafted from scratch.
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