Growth area & soil: Grande Champagne
Raymond Ragnaud VSOP Réserve Stéfany Cognac
Raymond Ragnaud VSOP Reserve Stefany Cognac was the very first Cognac creation of the brand and an ode to the daughter of Raymon Ragnuad. A wonderfully versatile Cognac made exclusively 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 have been distilled and blended following traditional artisan methods that the house continues using to this day. Shining bright, its glowing 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 Stefanie, 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
Housed in a decanter style bottle, the presentation of Stefany VSOP is dripping in history. It’s retro style decanter is finished with yellow accents on the label work and accompanying display box. The strong pop of yellow allows the bottle stand out proud amongst the rest on the spirits shelf, while the labels medieval style typography ties together the olde worlde theme perfectly. A true Cognac treasure and piece of Ragnaud ancestral family history.
How to enjoy
VSOP Stefany 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 blissful tipple amongst guests. It's also delicious as the base ingredient in cocktails.
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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