Growth area & soil: Grande Champagne
Marancheville Tres Rare Lot N°14/45 Grande Champagne Cognac
The house of Marancheville presents us with an outstandingly rare blend of eaux-de-vie from the historic years of 1914 and 1945 for its latest Grande Champagne Cognac. This exceptionally old Cognac from a house known for its class, excellence and endearing humility, was created using a combination of unique eaux-de-vie from a family heritage treasure.
Not only does the eaux-de-vie in this blend originate solely from the premier cru of Grande Champagne, but it is also particularly special due to the significance of the years in which the grapes were harvested. The years 1914 and 1945 mark the beginning and the end of the only two World Wars the world has ever experienced, and so this Cognac captures such a significant period in history in its aromas and flavors. By taking a closer look at these two momentous years and how they impacted the Cognac region, we can greater appreciate the eaux-de-vie and those who rose to the occasion so that we can enjoy them in this extremely special Grande Champagne blend today.
1914: The beginning of the First World War meant that 3.7 million French men were called to join the war effort at the start of August - just before the harvest. The loss of these men meant that the fate of the harvest fell into the hands of agricultural women. These incredible women came together in their efforts to maintain the vineyards, manage the harvest and produce the eaux-de-vie. The 1914 harvest turned out to be quite an exceptional one, the eaux-de-vie from this year has come to be fondly known as ‘Ladies Vintage’ and is a reminder of what can be achieved against all odds, and how when we come together, hope is not lost.
1945: At the end of the war in 1945, the wine and eaux-de-vie distribution bureau, which had been created to preserve Cognac stocks during the war, became the Bureau National Interprofessionnel du Cognac (BNIC), Cognac’s governing body. The BNIC helped to hugely improve the relationship between growers and merchants and took over the role of deciding the price of new Cognacs from various crus. The year 1945 signifies not just the conclusion of a number of war-torn decades, but also the beginning of the golden years of increasing prosperity in the Cognac region and market.
The blend of these two consequential eaux-de-vie, represents the phoenix that can be born from the ashes of struggles. The significance and specialty of eaux-de-vie produced by women who stepped up to complete the harvest when their men were at war, combined with a blend from the year which marked the end of the war and the beginning of Cognac as we know it, cannot be underestimated. This is an incredibly rare and important Cognac, one that transports us through history and reminds us of how lucky we are to be enjoying its eaux-de-vie.
Presentation of the bottle:
Just as the House of Marancheville itself is humble in its presentation, so is the bottle it presents this unique and memorable Cognac in. The historic eaux-de-vie is housed in a classic cognacaise bottle and sealed with a navy blue wax, an appropriate shade for a war-time Cognac.
The label is dominated by the same navy blue color and proudly bears the numbers 14 and 45 to represent the monumental years from which the grapes were harvested. This is a subtle yet sophisticated bottle that allows the liquid gold held within to rightfully be the main focus of attention.
How to enjoy:
There is no other way to enjoy such an ancient and important Cognac than to very slowly sip, savor and appreciate it neat in all its glory.
Exceptional Cognac - Marancheville Tres Rare Lot N°14/45
Beautiful amber colour with golden reflexes. The nose is really fascinating and complex with ever-changing nuances of ripe fruits ( oranges, mangos, peaches and apricots), vanilla, spices and fine wood. On the palate there is a stunning elegance and finesse for a cognac of this age. You can taste...
It has hints of citrus without being sweet. It is delicate, but robust enough to have with a fine cigar. It is better than many cognacs that cost much more. IMHO, 1914 is the best vintage for cognac that I have tasted. Pairing it with 1945 is a charming idea, and did not detract from the beauty...
An exceptional and unusual cognac
It’s a privilege to try this interesting and historic cognac. Very different from other cognacs I’ve tried. The nose is dominated by woodiness and rose petals. Mouthfeel is dense and almost syrupy. Palate-wise there is almost zero sweetness. Woodiness and rose petals again dominate, and there...
A really outstanding Cognac
This Cognac is truly extraordinary! The nose is a wonderful interplay of fresh citrus fruits and delecate floral notes. On the palate these floral notes predominate in a combination whith aromic oak flavors. The citrus fruits remain modestly in the backround with a delicious freshness. The alcohol...
This is an exquisite blend of two historically significant vintages. Even if it wasn't great on the nose, palate, or finish, it would still be a special piece of history, but as it happens, it also delivers an experience that leaves you titillating. Upon pouring the nose is woody with cedar and...
This is a fantastic cognac that is worth tasting. It is rich on the nose, you will find fruit and some oak. It the mouth it is rather tasty and has a full body. It is elegant with a good consentration. The after-taste lasts forever. This cognac delivered at least as good as I hoped for when I bought...
Marancheville Tres Rare Lot N. 14/45 Grande Champagne
The Cognac pours a golden amber color. Considering its age, it’s quite a light and fresh color. Very promising. To merely use the words aromas or smells would be to entirely understate the nose of this Cognac. Instead, one should talk of perfumes to describe all that the nose encounters in and...
Marancheville 14/45 is amazing!
This is probably the finest Cognac I’ve ever had. Truly a time capsule. Incredibly deep & rich aromas and flavors of rancio, dried fruits such as figs & plums. Extremely long finish that lasts until it’s time for the next sip. Incredible enough that I ordered 2 more bottles despite it being quite...
Very Beautiful! Aromas of Apricot and Peche de Vigne. Long and extremely well balanced finish. (Translated from French) Original Review: Tres Magnifique! Aromes de Abricot e Peche de Vigne. Finale longue et extremement bien equilibree.
About Marancheville Cognac
A young brand by name, but not by experience, Marancheville Cognac is the creation of two family men, Gregoire and Laurent, who decided to not only distill eaux-de-vie for the larger known brands, but to put their passion into creating quality cognacs under their own brand. What a great result!
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