Growth area & soil: Petite Champagne
A Vintage 2011 Cognac from the Petite Champagne
When it comes to a single cask bottle, Comandon always deliver. This particular edition was bottled in 2011, after pioneering the initial ‘single barrel’ mindset in 2010. The Comandon Vintage Single Cask 2011 Petite Champagne Cognac goes against everything that represents Cognac production and the art of blending. Instead, the Cellar Masters at Comandon wish to offer different casks that represent different years, instead of (trying) to mass produce the same Cognac year in, year out. It is a Cognac that works in tandem with nature, and shows true innovation. Single cask aging is usually only reserved for brown spirits such as bourbon or whiskey, and is relatively new in the Cognac world. This Comandon Vintage 2011 Cognac is a wonderful, singular expression of the prestigious Petite Champagne, that is renowned for its finesse. This one was selected due to its creamy body, subtle spice and delicacy, with a long length. Only 600 were bottled, so once it’s gone, it’s gone.
Comandon Single Casks
The single cask Cognacs from Comandon are a unique selection from one single region appellation. They offer a single expression of one particular cru, and they are left untouched for several years to then be bottled years later in limited quantities. The oak casks are from different regions, including Limousin, Tronçais, Allier, and are lightly toasted. Casks are often restored and used again, so it is common that single casks are the same distillate but are matured in different casks throughout their lives.
How to enjoy the Comandon 2011 Petite Champagne Vintage
A vintage, single cask of this nature is best enjoyed neat. The labeling is sleek and slanted, in a white and green color that perfectly compliments the liquid. There is a lovely graphic design of the estate on the bottle, and it arrives in a smart looking box.
About Comandon Cognac
Comandon is an independent Cognac house that continue to control all of their production in-house. Their philosophy lies in uniting traditional elegance and two centuries of savoir-faire with modernity and pushing the boundaries, which can be seen in their bespoke branding campaigns and unique internet presence. Think La Dolce Vita meets Armani.
With an extremely forward-thinking marketing agenda and a particularly hands-on approach when it comes to the music and entertainment industry, Comandon have carved themselves an interesting space for a niche approach to the Cognac business.
They do an exceptional job of producing small, artisanal batches that offer rare and limited glimpses into one particular terroir, or one exceptional harvest, whether the eaux-de-vie are younger or older. For this reason, they defy tradition in the Cognac world, who believe that “older is better” and producing the same Cognac year in, year out is the end objective. Comandon instead work in tandem with nature, initiating unique collaborations for their single cask collection, and never fearing experimentation.
With a history dating back around 200 years, the Cognac house continue to produce excellent Cognac and receive top-notch awards.
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