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Pioneers in environmental Cognac production, sample Distillerie du Peyrat VS Cognac
The modern drinker is becoming more and more conscientious with the spirits they consume, in recent years Cognac connoisseurs are moving away from major brands and looking to smaller producers who are creating unique blends with unusual production techniques, innovating and modernizing the Cognac world while still preserving its distinct and noble heritage.
Distillerie du Peyrat is doing just that with their Organic Selection collection. This single distillery produced VS is certified organic (as are 80% of their Cognacs), which means both planet and palate are protected from harsh chemicals that could impact your drinking experience. An exquisite blend of Petite Champagne, Fins Bois and Bons Bois eaux-de-vie, it is produced using 100% Ugni Blanc grapes. This particular VS is refreshing yet complex despite its relatively young age, the 4 years spent aging in old Limousin casks means it has had just enough time to develop a distinguished flavor profile that's light, lively and fresh.
The Peyrat estate is known in the Fins Bois terroir as pioneers in organic Cognac production, the family were quick to realize the rewards that could be reaped by growing organic grapes, resulting in increased quality and more intense aromas. The brand's environmental mission doesn't end there however, powered by solar energy, they insist on using local suppliers and their packaging is produced from recycled materials.
Unlike bigger brands, Peyrat opts to do things differently, turning their back on traditional methods of distillation and developing their own trademark "fatty distillation process" which offers a rounded mouthfeel with a pleasing "natural suppleness" to their eaux-de-vie. The nearby neighboring river provides a useful humidity to the estate's cellars, which proves essential in the maturation process to adding a level of finesse that other brands may never achieve.
- 92 score at the 2015 Ultimate Spirits Challenge
- 93 score at the Top 100 Spirits from the Wine Enthusiast
How to Enjoy:
This light and lively VS could be enjoyed on its own as an appealing aperitif, or equally as a base spirit in a cocktail.
How about a refreshing Cognac Ginger lemonade? The citrus and spice would pair perfectly with the floral and fruity elements of the Organic Selection VS.
- 2 thin slices of peeled ginger root, chopped
- ¾ ounce simple syrup
- ¾ ounce lemon juice
- 1½ ounces Organic Selection VS Cognac
- 2 to 4 ounces sparkling water
- Mint, lemon wedge, and ginger for garnish
- - Muddle your ginger root in a cocktail shaker and add the simple syrup.
- - Add your lemon juice and Organic Selection VS.
- - Strain into a rocks or highball class filled with ice.
- - Top with soda/sparkling water and stir.
- - Garnish with a mint sprif, lemon wedge and a slice of ginger.
- - Enjoy!
Presentation of the Bottle:
The Organic Selection VS bottle has a rustic and authentic feel to it, the earthy and natural color scheme is a subtle nod to its organic production, featuring a signature seal of approval from the estate's cellar master. This bottle would be a delightful addition to any home bar or drinks cabinet, its slender and sleek design would sit nicely alongside others in your collection.
About Distillerie du Peyrat
The organic brand of Distillerie du Peyrat is committed to running its production in a wholly organic manner. Since 1998 the house has been certified as organic by several global organizations, including ECOCERT and the USDA. They produce a small but high quality range of Cognacs that are well appreciated for their finesse, roundness, and delicate aromas.
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