Growth area & soil: Grande Champagne
Raymond Ragnaud VSOP Reserve Grande Champagne Cognac
Raymond Ragnaud VSOP Reserve Grande Champagne Cognac is a remarkably versatile product made solely from eaux-de-vie of the Grande Champagne terroir. The eaux-de-vie that make up VSOP Reserve are all aged for around 7 years and reveal the characteristics that grant the Premier Cru with its strong first class reputation. Shining bright, its beaming golden color, with subtle reflections of bronze delight before the tasting has even begun. Upon the first sip, delicate nuances of yellow fruits, soft spices and floral fragrances flavor the Cognac with a touch of femininity.
Faithful to the family secrets at the heart of their craft, today Francoise Ragnuad-Brick and her daughter Stephanie, front the house of Raymond Ragnaud as one of the few female led brands to exist in Cognac. Passing down 4 generations of artisanal skills and essential savoir-faire, today the range of premium quality Premier Cru Cognacs pays homage to when the brand first started back in the mid-1800s. With an international reputation and high quality Cognacs at the forefront of production, Maison Raymond Ragnaud is an admirable family-run business worth knowing about.
Presentation of the bottle
With presentation in keeping with tradition, Raymond Ragnaud VSOP Reserve embodies the brand's core values of remaining humble to its roots. The color combination of orange and cream brings the classic design to life with pure elegance. Arriving with a matching presentation box, it makes an stunning gift and staple Cognac for someone keen on keeping their spirits collection well-stocked.
How to enjoy
This VSOP is best appreciated neat as a digestif as its delicate and spicy notes are the perfect way to round off an indulgent meal. A Premier Cru Cognac of such fine quality and versatility can also be enjoyed as an aperitif - add a few ice cubes to a tall glass with tonic water for a refreshing tipple amongst guests. It's also great as the base ingredient in cocktails.
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A very convincing performance
A variety of flavours that I have only perceived in a few VSOP Cognacs so far. Fruity, so much so that you think you are savouring a different fruit every time you sniff. Pleasant tobacco aromas, as if you were opening the door of a humidor, and a smell of baking flavours, which I like to make an...
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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