Growth area & soil: Grande Champagne
Delamain Vintage 1980 Collection Plénitude Cognac: a Tale of Four Decades
The single cask Delamain Vintage 1980 Collection Plénitude Cognac is, as the name suggests, created from eaux-de-vie from the Premier Cru harvest of 1980. In addition to being a 40-year-old Cognac, the 1980 vintage also marks the year that Dominique Touteau arrived at Delamain. Over four decades Dominique has overseen this cask of Grande Champagne eau-de-vie, making it a liquid story of his professional life from young trainee to award-winning Cellar Master. Sourced from vines in the hamlet of Mainxe between Jarnac and Segonzac, this Cognac is a rare expression, as the second half of the 1980 harvest was ended by a sudden frost which destroyed all the grapes which had not already been picked.
After distillation, this vintage was placed in an old, well-seasoned French oak cask. Seasoned oak reduces the influence of tannins, allowing the subtler nuances of the Cognac to shine through with an ethereal finesse. For 40 years, cask number 212-01 remained wax-sealed, maturing in Delamain’s vintage cellar by the river where thick limestone walls have sheltered it for decades, providing near-perfect levels of moisture and humidity. Delamain follows the most stringent controls and procedures regarding the maturation of their vintage Cognacs, with their cellars placed under strict monitoring and lock-and-key control by the BNIC (Bureau National Interprofessionnel du Cognac), the official Cognac industry body.
The House of Delamain’s unrivalled passion for creating vintage Cognac has been passed down from generation to generation since 1759, the year when James Delamain left Ireland to settle in Jarnac as a Cognac merchant. His grandson Henri founded Maison Delamain in 1824, and today the 9th generation of the Delamain family still runs the company - with a total of fifteen employees. Known for keeping to extremely old-fashioned production methods, they are also the only Cognac producer which exclusively releases Cognac aged XO or older. While they pride themselves on their Grande Champagne AOC, Maison Delamain prefer to not be tied to any specific winegrower or purchasing contract, instead choosing to individually select the finest wines available every year.
For anyone who wants the opportunity to own a particularly rare vintage Premier Cru Cognac - and taste a piece of history - this is your chance.
Presentation of the Bottle
As with all Delamain releases, this expression comes in a sleek, tall bottle featuring a deep punt. The gold foil and matching gold details give a premium feel. This vintage arrives in a matching high-quality Delamain navy blue presentation box, making it the perfect gift.
How to Enjoy Delamain Vintage 1980 Collection Plénitude Cognac
This is a wonderful Cognac to bring out on a special occasion, served as a digestif at room temperature, or perhaps alongside a fine cigar. Or, if you want to see the face of a Cognac connoisseur light up in delight, then consider purchasing this for them as a gift.
About Delamain Cognac
With an incredibly old family tradition, Delamain Cognac (et Cie) makes for an exciting Cognac house with roots dating back to the early 1600s! The family tree couldn't be more complicated, and yet the Delamain brand has managed to survive since its creation in 1762. This is a Cognac house that is unapologetic when it comes to quality, selecting only the very best from its suppliers in order to create its own exclusive Grande Champagne products. With the British aristocracy having influenced the Delamains for generations, their Cognacs such as Delamain Le Voyage, Tres Venerable, and the Grande Champagne Vesper - are authentically catered for blue blood!
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