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Cognac age
Vintage

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Growth area
Dordogne

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Bottle size
700ml
ABV
40%
Vintage year
2015

Tasting review

Eye: Golden color with amber highlights.

Nose: Sweet and mellow aromas from the wood of the Monbazillac casks.

Palate: On the palate, dried fruit notes mingle with sweet spices and orange peel, anticipating accents of roasted coffee beans.

Description

A New Cask-Finish Cognac from the Dordogne Region

The House of CAMUS has singlehandedly revived Cognac production in the forgotten area of the Perigord with their latest release - a single-cru Cognac from the last vineyards grown in the Dordogne region. The CAMUS St Aulaye Special Finish Cognac originates from the two plots in Saint-Aulaye, which is one of the last villages in the Dordogne that is still part of the Cognac appellation.

In 1998, they began their mission to prevent the Appellation from disappearing in the beautiful area of Perigord, and set about acquiring planting rights for their vines. In 2014, CAMUS joined them in their mission, collaborating with the Town Council themselves.

The grape wine produced from grapes in the village of Saint-Aulaye are distilled over lees in small pot stills of 2500 liter capacity. The resulting eaux-de-vie are aged in fine grain oak casks from the La Double forest, which imparts soft and delicate tannins to the final distillate.

After the first part of the aging process, the Cognac is then transferred into first-fill Monbazillac sweet wine barrels of 225 liters as per traditional practice in the region. The small size of the casks allows for better interaction between the liquid and oak staves, facilitating the sweet and mellow aromas from the wood after the Monbazillac aging. The finish guarantees a high complexity of flavor, giving the Cognac its gorgeous golden color with flashes of amber.

This small batch St Aulaye Cognac is made in a limited allocation of 3000 bottles per year, each individually numbered.

Presentation of the Camus Saint Aulaye Cognac

The style of this small batch Cognac bottle confirms a distinctive and authentic design, preserving the iconic CAMUS bottle shape. The golden amber tones of the main label echo the colors of Monbazillac wine, while the light cream color of the bottle cap and the lower label evokes the hues of the clay soil where the grapes at the basis of this Cognac originate. It is proofed at 40% ABV.

How to serve 

Enjoy this Cognac neat, at room temperature.

The Camus philosophy

For five generations the House of CAMUS has been on a relentless quest for the utmost refinement, seeking the exceptional in Cognacs that reflect the best from the terroir. While embracing the strengths of its traditions, CAMUS has always remained at the forefront of science to always reach new levels of intensity in the aromas of its Cognacs. After the launch of the first Cognac finished in Port Casks, the House of CAMUS continues its pioneering research by introducing the last single-cru Cognac from Dordogne.

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About Camus Cognac

Since 1863, five generations of the CAMUS family have cultivated a single-minded passion for crafting great Cognac with their own style. With 180 hectares in the smallest and rarest AOC cru - Borderies - renowned for producing eaux-de-vie with an intense floral bouquet and excellent ageing qualities - the Camus family has always been deeply involved in winemaking and distilling. It is this unbreakable bond between the land, the traditions and the men who live on it, that helps craft superb Cognacs. In 2000, the House premiered with the first ever 100% Borderies XO Cognac. A solid success, it was to become the Camus signature Cognac, offering an outstanding combination of violet and vanilla spice aromas of intense velvety smoothness.

Camus Elegance range is a bold illustration of CAMUS’ Living Tradition with Cognacs that truly respect the original character of the eaux-de-vie and are remarkable for the finesse of their blends. In its ongoing search to explore the diverse regions of the Cognac appellation, CAMUS became the first Cognac House to capture the unique marine notes of the Ile de Ré vineyards. Raised and aged on the island, Camus Ile de Ré Cognacs typically offer fresh iodine notes with hints of dried fruit with archetypal mellow softness. Produced in limited quantities, they offer a rich and unique taste experience. Camus also proposes a Masterpiece collection of rare, limited cuvées, each consisting of a unique, exceptional blend presented in spectacular cases as well as Rarissimes vintages of most extraordinary Cognacs - certified under bailiff’s supervision and bottled without reduction, allowing them to express the full strength of their aroma and character.

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