Camus XO Ile de Ré Fine Island Cognac
Camus XO Ile de Ré Fine Island Cognac comprises a blend of eaux-de-vie grown on the small island of Ile de Ré, in the most westerly part of the Cognac region known as Bois Ordinaires. Battered by strong Atlantic winds, grapes grown here are highly influenced by their seaside location. The island has an unusual microclimate with plenty of sunshine year-round, combined with ocean breezes that leave a salty taste on the grapes, developing a distinctly powerful Cognac.
The Ugni Blanc grapes for this XO have been harvested in mid-October before being pressed. Fermentation on the lees lets all the ocean flavors intermingle with the fruit, ideal for distillation. The maturation process is carried out in damp cellars on the island for over ten years, where the French oak allows the eaux-de-vie to slowly develop its full character.
Since Jean-Baptise Camus founded his company in 1863, four generations have followed in his footsteps to turn this small winegrower into a world-renowned Cognac house of distinction. Under Cyril Camus, fifth-generation director of Camus Cognac, the family remains passionate about responsible cultivation, allowing their fields to accumulate organic matter while preserving wildlife in the surrounding environment.
Presentation of the bottle
Camus XO Ile de Ré Fine Island Cognac is presented in a stout, masculine bottle, featuring an image of the rugged Ile de Ré coast.
How to Enjoy Camus XO Ile de Ré Fine Island Cognac
Best enjoyed neat, the smoky character and the maritime influence will express themselves best at room temperature or slightly chilled, providing the drinker with a truly memorable and unique tasting experience. Not just a digestif, this is a bottle to keep on the table during the main meal; try pairing it with barbecued fish, seafood pasta or Bacalao a la Vizcaina.