Growth area & soil: Bons Bois
A Myriad of eaux-de-vie from the Bons Bois: Château des Plassons Cognac XO
We love to discover smaller producers doing great things behind closed cellar doors. And where better than the hundred-year-old winery at the Chateau des Plassons? This small artisan producer presents their XO Cognac, a beautiful example of their ability to blend Cognac from the finest growth areas.
Aged for 15 to 25 years in Limousin oak casks in their peaceful one hundred-year-old winery, the Château des Plassons XO Cognac is a selection over 10 different eaux-de-vie grown with Ugni Blanc grapes in the Bois Bois terroir, where the chateau itself is located.
This Cognac is, therefore, a beautiful allegory of their history.
Grown in a picturesque setting, the Chateau des Plassons vineyard was first established in the 17th century. The current vines are over 30 years old, and over time the vineyard has been extended considerably.
Set in an exceptional geological plateau of limestone, this picturesque setting also provides the perfect conditions for producing fine Cognac. Crafted by two young and passionate brothers, David and Julien Pannaud, they have drawn upon years of savoir-faire with a history dating all the way back to the 1500s.
The Pannaud brothers take time to allow the wine to ferment naturally, thanks to carefully maintaining high temperatures throughout the process. In the outbuildings of the chateau, they use a double distillation process in hundred-year-old Alambic Charentais stills made out of copper. This is the crucial point where the Cognac’s aromatic quality is decided.
Read about the time we visited the Chateau des Plassons on our blog.
The Bons Bois terroir is renowned for its ability to age quickly. Let this very mature Cognac sit for 10 minutes, and then try it Cognac neat to begin with, in a snifter glass. You may also want to try it with an ice cube.
Presentation of the bottle
A simple 75cl decanter with a classic label. The Cognac speaks for itself.
Lovely Bons Bois
Chateau des Plassons XO is produced from 100% Bons Bois Cru. There is almost a youthfulness to the nose, with some fruit and floral notes. Maybe some light spice as it opens. Fruit dominates the palate, with some spice along for the ride. The finish is long and pleasing. Another very nice Bons...
About Chateau des Plassons Cognac
The cognac house of Chateau des Plassons may not be one of the world’s most well known cognac brands, but this beautiful chateau has an eminent history that can be traced back to the 1500s. Today, this artisan cognac house is run by two young brothers, David and Julien Pannaud, both of whom are passionate about the family tradition of cognac production. Situated in the Bons Bois growing area of Cognac, their eaux-de-vie is sold both under the name of Cognac Chateau des Plassons, and also that of Cognac Rastignac. A further portion is sold under contract to one of the big four cognac houses.
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