Growth area & soil: Grande Champagne
The Award-Winning G&C Raby Cognac XO
Having spent up to four long decades in the historic cellars of the Logis de la Brée, the G&C Raby XO Cognac is something really quite special. Crafted from grapes grown exclusively in the Grande Champagne, this XO has been aged for at least 10 years in oak barrels, and expertly blended with other Cognacs up to 40 years old.
It has also caught the attention of critics at various awards ceremonies for its round body and exceptional finesse. This Cognac can be fully enjoyed as an after dinner treat, and is crafted at the home of a former knight.
Sitting at the heart of the Grande Champagne, G&C Raby occupy one of the most enviable estates in the entire region. Not only are their Cognacs of a prestigious quality, but their estate is where the traditional method of double distillation all began.
It was ‘La Croix Maron’, a famous French knight who began distilling in the ‘Charentais’ way many years ago. Now, Gérard and Cécile Raby carry on the traditions of the land as they store precious stocks of eaux-de-vie from the Premier Cru.
The Grande Champagne has millions of years of fossilization to thank for its unique soil composition. The high chalk content and rolling hills make it the perfect place for growing fine vines and even finer eaux-de-vie.
The result is round, persistent Cognacs such as this fine XO.
Silver Medal at the World Spirits Competition in Brussels 2018
Bronze Medal at the Agricultural Contest in Paris 2010
This will make an excellent digestif, to sip slowly, contemplatively and in a balloon glass.
Presentation of the bottle
A stunning round decanter, this Cognac is proofed at 40% ABV.
I was a bit disappointed by this cognac after reading all the reviews. While inviting on the nose, I found its finish to be disjointed - there were too many notes, which on their own are great, but which overall felt unharmonious to me.
About G et C Raby Cognac
G&C Raby are a Cognac producer located at the heart of the Premier Cru, also known as the Grande Champagne. Often considered the finest terroir of the AOC Cognac region, they are located in the Logis de la Brée, which was once the land of the knight Chevalier de la Croix Maron. The knight was one of the men to invent the double distillation method, which is used to this day in Cognac production. They produce Cognac, Pineaux des Charentes, wines and grape juice.
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