Growth area & soil: Fins Bois
A Vintage Cognac from the 2012 Fins Bois harvest
Delivering a fine single barrel Cognac to defy the norm, we present the Comandon Vintage Single Cask 2012 Fins Bois. In selecting one barrel from one particular year, or showcasing one terroir, they have defined what it means to produce Vintage Cognacs. The Fins Bois is the largest of the Cognac crus, is known for its round and supple eaux-de-vie that ages a lot quicker than those from the other terroirs. This 2012 Vintage Fins Bois Cognac has a toasted and herby profile, and as a relatively young Cognac, defies all stereotypes that Cognac needs to be old to make an incredible impact on your senses.
The idea of a ‘single cask’ is often associated with whiskey and bourbon, but Comandon proves that Cognac can certainly deliver, too. The concept of single casks Cognacs is a well-practiced art form at Comandon. They are famous for defying the norm and choosing to select one barrel from one year or one particular cru. In this case, they have selected a Vintage Cognac from the Fins Bois. It has been aged in oak barrels that have been previously used to age Cognac and then lightly toasted to bring out the oaky aroma.
There is a 400 bottle yield of this cask, so move quickly before it’s all gone.
Presentation of the Comandon Fins Bois Single Barrel 2012 Cognac
A classic bottle, with a wonderful scarlet graphic illustration of the Comandon estate in the heart of the Cognac region. It also comes in a stylish presentation sleeve. Enjoy it neat.
The Comandon philosophy
This Cognac house does not believe in striving to achieve the same eaux-de-vie time and time again; instead, they craft one-of-a-kind Cognacs. Patrick and Franck Vigneron scrupulously review every barrel and hand-select less than 1% of their Cognacs for bottling.
No caramel colorings, sugar or flavorings are added and they generally bottle at cask strength. Filtrations are limited prior to bottling, and reserve cold filtrations are reserved for particular markets where cloudiness in the bottle is not tolerated.
Fins Bois are said to mature quickly and I would agree that this seems much developed for 4 years old. The pale amber seems appropriate, the nose is fruity and increases in intensity, but not in complexity. Spicy throughout, sweet with hints of orange and pear, the abv is 41.5%. The best feature is the lengthy finish, very pleasant. The handwritten label on the box says this edition is limited to 1000 bottles, the handwritten label on the bottle says it is bottle 100 of 830, the cognac-expert description says the cask will only provide 400 bottles. The box label also says that it was distilled in 2012 and bottled in 2016, 5 years ago. These numbers = value for money?
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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