Growth area & soil: Fins Bois
Bache Gabrielsen Cuvée Anna No. 99 Cognac: a Carefully Crafted VS
Bache Gabrielsen Cuvée Anna No. 99 Cognac is a blend made up of eaux-de-vie from the Fins Bois growth area with about 10% of Petite Champagne terroir added for a floral touch. The Petite Champagne eaux-de-vie is an older vintage, lending a superb depth to the final product. The Fins Bois eaux-de-vie in the blend have been matured between 3 and 8 years in French oak for extra flavor and character, significantly longer than what is required for a VS Cognac.
The Bache Gabrielsen Cuvée Series has been put together by Toralf Bølgen, one of Norway’s top wine and spirit connoisseurs, and Jean-Philippe Bergier, Bache-Gabrielsen’s Cellar Master. Each release has been named after one of their daughters; this bottle is named after Anna Bølgen, the sister of Maria, and a friend of Solène.
The history of Bache Gabrielsen starts with Thomas Bache-Gabrielsen, a young lieutenant from Norway, who he moved to Charente in 1903 to join his friend Peter Rustad in the Cognac business. Two years later, they took over the house A. Edmond Dupuy and gave it a new name: Rustad & Bache Gabrielsen. Thomas fully settled in the region, marrying a local woman who also worked in the Cognac industry. Peter sadly passed away suddenly in 1916, after which Thomas took over the whole business, eventually passing it to his son Réné.
Today, Bache Gabrielsen is run by fourth-generation company director Hervé Bache-Gabrielsen. While keeping an eye on tradition, as an economist, Hervé also knows the importance of staying relevant in an ever-changing world. The Cuvée series is just one example of how this company likes to look to the future and honor the next generation in Cognac.
Presentation of the Bottle
Pairing classic glass design with a modern label, this release perfectly encapsulates the combination of Cognac tradition with a look to the future. The simple, tall bottle is perfectly offset by bright red foil and a bold, red-on-white label prominently featuring Anna’s name.
How to Enjoy Bache Gabrielsen XO Cuvée Anna No. 99 Cognac
This exuberant and surprisingly complex VS Cognac is ideal to drink on its own, or used in cocktails and aperitifs. If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, try it with tonic or with a splash of soda.
About Bache Gabrielsen Cognac
Bache-Gabrielsen is a medium-sized family Cognac house with an international history. The company was created in 1905, and so it celebrated its 100th anniversary in the last few years. With its clean design, Cognac Bache-Gabrielsen takes an important position in the Cognac market, exporting mainly to Scandinavian countries. Hervé Bache-Gabrielsen, the fourth generation at the head of the company, is certainly aware that the Cognac industry is undergoing changes, with the international market being heavily developed and marketing strategies refined to cater for a younger, more fashionable consumer base. Given the size of the company compared to the major cognac houses, it is surprising to discover that this Norwegian cognac brand is the market leader in the sale of Cognac in Norway!
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