Growth area & soil: Petite Champagne
Chateau de Montifaud Extra Old Cognac
Hailing from the Fine Petite Champagne terroir is a light and fresh Cognac - the Chateau de Montifaud XO. With this Cognac, they have chosen to put the spotlight on the wonders of this cru in particular to show its own traits and qualities. The result is a smooth Extra Old Cognac that is on average around 28 to 30 years old. It includes eaux-de-vie from distillations of 1963, 1965 and 1967. The Petite Champagne is famous for its soil; the signature composition is chalky and able to produce Cognac to age with complexity and with great depth. The combination of eaux-de-vie from this fine terroir result in a non-tannic Cognac with little taste of spirit, and an excellent rancio. The aromas of dried fruits and slight almond nuttiness means that it is an ideal choice if you prefer a lighter Cognac.
Cognac from the Chateau Montifaud Estate
The Vallet family have perfected their technique and passed along their Cognac heritage for generations. They prefer generally to create separate expressions of the Grande and Petite Champagne terroirs respectively. The XO is aged in red oak barrels, and then a second time in old barrels. The grapes are placed into small presses (50hl) as soon as they get to the winery to avoid any oxidation. During the different phases of Cognac production (winemaking, distillation and aging) they use artisanal technique. Head to our blog for an insight into the cellars of the Chateau de Montifaud and their family-run Cognac maison.
How to enjoy the Chateau de Montifaud XO
The Extra Old Cognac from Chateau de Montifaud goes great paired with food such as rich desserts. Try praline desserts, old cheddar, or creme brulee. Serve it in a fine balloon glass and warm it gently in the palm of your hand beforehand. The bottle is tall and slim, with the family crest and small icon of the estate on the bottle. The labeling is traditional.
Chateau de Montifaud XO Awards
- Best European Distiller Award - Spirits of the Year by IWSC.
Thia chateau produces excellent cognacs, and this is yet another. Fruity and powerful, nose with am lovely mouth feel. Lingers nicely on the palate. This chateau is becoming my go-to when I am looking for one i haven't tried.
Update on my previous review
What a difference a little time makes. I uncorked the bottle several months ago. The flavor profile has changed quite a bit. The initial smoky flavor is gone and has been replaced with a wonderful sweet nutty flavor. Almond and hazelnut for sure. It is everything I remember. I am so thrilled.
This is the Best
We like Cognac. We've tried many, but the one in our own home is Chateau Montifaud XO. This Cognac is gentle on your palate, has a great, classic nose, and a lingering aftertaste. We'll continue to try others, but this one will always have a place in our liquor cabinet.
A little off this year
I have purchased this particular Cognac a few times in the past and can say without a doubt it is my absolute favorite. I was disappointed when my local distributor no longer carried it, but over joyed to find it on Cognac-Expert! This latest bottle is a bit different from past bottles, though. It is less sweet and has a mild to medium smokey flavor that I never noted in the past. If I didn't know better I would think it a Scotch, which I happen to like also. I think it is just how this particular batch turned out. It still tastes nice and I will continue to buy more.
Chateau de Montifaud XO "Elios" Fine Petite Champagne AOC
Excellent aroma, spirituousness is almost absent.
In the taste there are dried fruits, nuts. The aftertaste is rancio.
About Chateau de Montifaud
Owned by the family Vallet for six generations, Chateau de Montifaud Cognac boasts 125 hectares of vineyards that are located in both the Grande Champagne and Petite Champagne growing regions. The house produces a large, high quality range of cognacs – including various vintages from years that have had an exceptional harvest. One family tradition that Cognac Chateau Montifaud is proud to follow, is that of when a new baby boy is born to the head of the cognac house, that part of the cognac created from that year’s harvest is set to one side. This is kept for a varying number of years, but may only be sold by future generations.
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