Growth area & soil: Grande Champagne
Raymond Ragnaud Vintage 1996 Grande Champagne Cognac
The Raymond Ragnaud Vintage 1996 Grande Champagne Cognac is, as the name suggests, crafted from a single Premier Cru harvest. A pure delight, it's been allowed to mature to a natural strength of 41% ABV, making for a rich, complex, yet well-balanced Cognac. In the Champagne region, the year 1996 is thought by many to be one of the great vintages of the second half of the 20th Century. The grapes were harvested at optimum ripeness with unusually high sugar levels, but also with a high level of acidity - a perfect combination for making legendary eaux-de-vie. This Cognac delights from all angles, from the deep bronze-yellow color through to the elegant packaging. Aficionados will love the understated appearance, while the stunning presentation box makes this an ideal gift.
The history of the House of Raymond Ragnaud dates back to 1860 when the Ragnaud family owned a small vineyard in the renowned Grande Champagne region. In 1920, Paul Ragnaud acquired the Château of Ambleville and set up producing Cognac. He was succeeded just over two decades later by his son Raymond, who took over caring for the vineyard marketing the eaux-de-vie he had inherited.
In 1963, Raymond’s wife expanded the business, aided by her children Françoise and Jean-Marie. Today it covers 47 hectares in 3 different vineyards - Ambleville, Criteuil and Lignières-Sonneville - sprawled across the slopes of the Premier Cru, an area known for producing eaux-de-vie of unparalleled quality. For the last 30 years, Françoise Ragnaud-Bricq has remained faithful to her roots and carried on the tradition of supervising the grape harvest with meticulousness. She works alongside the Cellar Master at Maison Raymond Ragnaud to produce their distinct single estate Cognacs, using only two copper pot stills with a capacity of 16 hectolitres each.
Presentation of the Bottle
This expression comes in a sleek, tall bottle featuring a deep punt and natural cork. The gold cage around the cork and the intricate label give a premium, antique feel to the package. This vintage arrives in a premium-feel presentation box, making it the perfect gift.
How to Enjoy Raymond Ragnaud Vintage 1996 Grande Champagne Cognac
We suggest enjoying this vintage Cognac neat in a tulip glass, ideally allowing it to rest for 30 seconds to develop fully. A dash of water may be added to allow the softer aromas to open up.
About Raymond Ragnaud Cognac
Covering 47 hectares of Grande Champagne vineyards, Cognac Raymond Ragnaud is a family run house with a history that can be traced back to 1860. Producing ranges under the labels “Premier”, “Prestige” and “Carafe”, Raymond Ragnaud cognacs are created in the time old traditions that have been passed down through the centuries. Over the past few years the house has concentrated on increasing overseas sales, and now around 75 per cent of all Raymond Ragnaud Cognac are exported around the world.
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