Growth area & soil: Bons Bois
A New Cask-Finish Cognac aged in 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 that borders the Charente. 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, bordering the Bons Bois terroir.
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.
Camus Saint-Aulaye Special Finish Cognac
At an opportunity, I got this bottle of cognac, which is different from the conventional cognac. The special Dordogne region makes me have a new understanding of cognac
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. Laid across 180 hectares in the smallest and rarest AOC cru - the Borderies - the Camus family has always been deeply involved in winemaking and distilling. It is this unbreakable bond between the land, the traditions and the people who live on it that helps them craft superb Cognacs. Today, it is Cyril Camus who is the bearer of all family tradition and oversees the undisputed quality of Camus Cognac. Export development and product development remain at the top, with a passion for innovation. Cyril Camus has entirely modernized the Cognac house’s interiors, relying on a fresh new take on Cognac for the new century. Instead of leather, wood and velvet in shades of brown, he opts for light colors and a combination of tradition and modern design. d Korea, firmly establishing Camus as one of the five leading Cognac houses at the time.
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