Growth area & soil: Fine Champagne
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An Extra Old Fine Champagne Cognac
Created with eaux-de-vie descending from two premium crus, the Grande and Petite Champagne, the Audry XO Cognac is a unique insight into the precious treasures of the Audry Paradis cellar. Created from blends of the original reserve, as an Extra Old Cognac it has been impressively aged between 12 and 30 years. With multiple layers thanks to the finesse of the Fine Champagne, it is something to be savored right to the very end. The Grande and Petite Champagne are particularly celebrated thanks to the unique composition of the soil. Due to thousands of years of fossilization and its particular maritime climate, the soil has a high chalk and limestone content. This makes for faster drainage, and the vines are therefore naturally watered throughout the year. What’s more, the undulating hillsides of the Fine Champagne equal optimum exposure to sunlight. All of these factors make for a very refined and lengthy finish in the eaux-de-vie of the Audry Extra Old Cognac, which is made of more or less equal parts of spirit from each terroir.
How the Audry XO is made
After it was founded in 1878, Audry stopped selling Cognac in the 1950s. A number of larger stocks of older base spirits were kept in the cellar, in the hope that one day Audry would rise again as a Cognac house. For limited releases, Audry now dip into their precious Limousin and Tronçais oak casks to select the best of their eaux-de-vie from the Fine Champagne, which have been dormant; maturing beautifully for decades.
To create an aromatic grape distillate, they distill the Cognac in copper alambic Charentais stills by using a ‘swan’s neck’ pipe. It is this process that allows the spirit to maintain its Fine Champagne character.
The oak of the barrels plays an important role, as the wood is porous and allows for intermingling between spirit and tannin, with the help of oxidation from the surrounding atmosphere. Blended with incredible savoir-faire, they are then left for years and sometimes decades before bottling.
How to enjoy Audry Extra Old
Make the most of this expressive finish by enjoying the Audry XO neat or on ice.
The bottle is stylish and simple with the family crest and a gold-leaf sketch of the estate. The presentation sleeve is equally as elegant yet eyecatching, in a gorgeous tangerine color.
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Hype is real
There is a good reason why there is so much fuzz about this cognac. A smooth, floral taste. For me, spice wasn't there, but actually, that's what I like about it.
Would defiantly recommend it!
A superbly smooth and delicate cognac at an amazing price
A reasonably uninspiring nose, predominantly of vanilla. But what it lacks in nose it more than makes up for in palate, which is light, creamy with a hint of toast and toffee. To me, the most exciting part is the finish which, although not lingering, is one of the smoothest Cognacs I've tasted. It is tremendous value for money, making it an outstanding purchase
Best value for money ever!!! Fully recommended!
Well made Cognac
New into the Cognac "business" I took the recommandation of Cognac expert to learn.
On the nose side i could identify vanilla and floral notes, only later on - the second glass to take - little spicy elements also.
Having than the sip in the mouth I liked the creamy side of it. Almond, caramel, toffee I could noticed. a slight bitter spicy on the back.
When swallowing than I found the the alcohol well balanced not agressive, light somehow, a good melt.
Personally I think it is a very good value priced cognac to learn and a good way getting to know small local producers.
Very nice presentation with the bright amber color giving way to a vanilla/floral aroma. Alcohol content doesn't overpower and has a smooth finish.
Love the hints of toffee/caramel.
Excellent value for the money and the experts were right on when it was selected as the best of the XO's.
Definitely will buy again.
About Audry Cognac
When Time Magazine reported that ‘the best Cognac you’ve never heard of is Audry’ back in 2005, this small, artisan Cognac house was catapulted into the limelight. Since then, their products have become known in countries throughout the world and among some of the most prestigious restaurants – including those in Europe, Scandinavia and North America. However, just because a few years ago the name of Audry Cognac had not really been heard of outside of France, this does not mean that the house doesn’t have a long and illustrious history.
This family run Cognac house has a story that dates back to 1878, and despite keeping a series of older casks in chai, they stopped selling their bottles in 1950. This has arguably been the secret of their success; in 1978 when Bernard Boisson ignited the renaissance of the Audry Cognac brand, he had one of the most precious cellars of decades-old eaux-de-vie to dive into and begin blending exceptional Cognacs once more.
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