Growth area & soil: Petite Champagne
A Millésime Petite Champagne Cognac from 1978
We expect nothing less than sublime from this premium Cognac house, and they certainly deliver with a single-year Cognac - the Chateau de Montifaud Helios Vintage 1978. Harnessing balance from its Petite Champagne eaux-de-vie, it is a Cognac with exceptional finesse. Named after the Greek sun god, it pays tribute to the optimal conditions of the Petite Champagne, half of the Fine Champagne region and its undulating hills. All of the grapes were picked in the harvest of this very year, and then aged in Limousin oak barrels in the Montifaud cellars.
The Petite Champagne is their terroir of choice along with its neighbor, thanks to the high chalk content of its soil and limestone subsoil. The eaux-de-vie is usually rich in both aroma and flavor, with a marked rancio.
The family-run Cognac house work hard to manage their vineyards, and apply artisanal techniques that have been passed down from father to son. In mastering new technologies as well as years of savoir-faire, they produce fine Cognacs and particularly great vintages that offer an expression of one harvest. In this case, the Montifaud Vintage 1978 Cognac is a snapshot of one particular harvest in the Petite Champagne.
Proofed to 43% ABV, it is higher than most but makes a great difference to the flavor and round body in the mouth.
Presentation of the Montifaud 1978 Vintage Cognac
Arriving in an old-fashioned decanter bottle, it has a traditional gold stopper and a gorgeous presentation box. It is the perfect Cognac for an aficionado.
How to enjoy
Enjoy this Vintage Cognac neat and travel back to the sun soaked harvest of 1978.
I have just turned 21 and I wanted my first legal alcohol to be something of class rather than firing back shots of fireball. This is my first experience with this company and I must say the service was fast, they got it to me sooner than expected and the cognac was very good and just as advertised. I look forward to having a sip or two with my friends for years to come.
About Chateau de Montifaud
Owned by the family Vallet for six generations, Chateau de Montifaud Cognac boasts 125 hectares of vineyards that are located in both the Grande Champagne and Petite Champagne growing regions. The house produces a large, high quality range of cognacs – including various vintages from years that have had an exceptional harvest. One family tradition that Cognac Chateau Montifaud is proud to follow, is that of when a new baby boy is born to the head of the cognac house, that part of the cognac created from that year’s harvest is set to one side. This is kept for a varying number of years, but may only be sold by future generations.
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