Delamain Vintage 1986 Grande Champagne Cognac: Good Things Come to Those Who Wait
The Delamain Vintage 1986 Grande Champagne Cognac was produced in a limited run of only 660 bottles. The house of Delamain is dedicated to producing only limited vintages, including this one from Grande Champagne that began life in the harvest of 1986. This year saw a cold spring followed by a warm, sunny summer and sporadic rainfall, producing some excellent wines and eaux-de-vie. After decades of careful aging, this expression was finally bottled in 2016.
Before bottling, all of Delamain’s eaux-de-vie lay waiting in their humid cellars on the banks of the River Charente. Each cask is exclusively crafted from aged French oak, allowing the closely-packed fibres of the wood to limit the influx of tannins. In turn, this helps to preserve the fruity flavours and more subtle nuances of the Cognac, but it also requires a longer maturing process. To reduce their Cognac to bottle strength, Delamain utilize the faibles - older, lower-strength Cognacs - rather than water, ensuring that nothing dilutes the flavor which time has created.
This 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 of selecting individually the finest wines available every year.
Every drop of Delamain Cognac expresses the pinnacle of quality and taste, and this one is definitely no exception. It's the epitome of how a great Grande Champagne Cognac should taste - one that will hold its head up high at the finest of dinner tables.
Presentation of the Bottle
The Delamain Vintage 1986 Grande Champagne Cognac comes in a stylish, tall bottle with a deep punt, slim neck and silver foil. The package is completed by a navy blue presentation box with the vintage prominently displayed, making this a particularly great gift for anyone with a 1986 birthday or anniversary.
How to Enjoy Delamain Vintage 1986 Grande Champagne Cognac
The perfect digestif, this is a wonderful vintage Cognac to enjoy in good company, on special occasions, and when you have plenty of time to savor the moment. Pour into a tulip glass and wait a few moments to allow the aromas to fully open up. If Cognac is art, then this is truly a masterpiece.
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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