Delamain Vintage 1988 Grande Champagne Cognac

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Eye: Garnet amber tones. The color of a well-aged Cognac.

Nose: Bouquet with notes of apricot, lychee, roasted almonds, and fine leather. An incredible nose.

Palate: Finding fruits of apricot and apple again, then nutty flavors and a 30-year old rancio. A medium mouth feel. Caramel and oak also appear.

Growth area & soil: Grande Champagne

Grande Champagne

Grande Champagne


A Delamain Vintage Cognac from the Grande Champagne harvest of 1988

Described as a “vintage made for celebrations”, this Cognac is an exclusive bottle of Grande Champagne prowess. Delamain Vintage 1988 Grande Champagne Cognac is a single cask bottle, presented in a gorgeous wooden box. A Delamain Cognac is typically released in very limited quantity, and they were the first Cognac house to release Vintage Cognacs, selecting young Cognac from various estates in the Premier Cru to age in Limousin oak for a minimum of 30 years and was bottled in 2018.

The family-run Maison is one of the oldest producers, as it was founded in 1762. During the sixties, the production of ‘single-year’ Cognacs was forbidden. Delamain continued to produce them, and eventually released beauties such as the 1988 Grande Champagne Vintage.

Delamain produces no VS or VSOP Cognac, and they reduce bottle strength down to 40% ABV with ‘faible’ Cognacs, which are older and low strength, as opposed to water. The process takes place in Jarnac, close to the town of Cognac in the Charente. Distillation takes place gradually, and eaux-de-vie are left to sleep in old oak barrels for decades.

Delamain selected only the finest of the ‘Premier Cru’ terroir, thanks to the unique make-up of its soil that produce the best Cognacs in the region. The chalky soil mixed with sun-drenched hills and a maritime climate makes for floral, light and complex eaux-de-vie.

How to serve the Delamain 1988 Vintage

Enjoy this Cognac at room temperature to open up the aromas. Enjoy it as a digestif, with or without a cigar.


The bottle is really stylish, with a deep bottle punt in the bottle. The box is also exquisite and will take pride of place in any cabinet; it is dark navy with silver lettering. It is bottled at 40% ABV. 

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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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