Growth area & soil: Grande Champagne
Hine Bonneuil 2006 Limited Edition Cognac: Single Vintage Delight
The Hine Bonneuil 2006 Cognac represents a single harvest in the larger of the two growing areas in the Fine Champagne. Presented as an unblended Cognac, this is intended to be the purest and most accurate expression of the Grande Champagne’s distinct chalky terroir. Its guiding philosophy is to remain as close as possible to the wine itself and reveal the distinct character of the soils from which the vines draw their identity.
Produced in a very limited edition of 19 casks of 450 numbered bottles, the cognac is complex yet smooth - think fresh, honeyed lychees, soft nougat, toasted bread, and mirabelle plum tart. It comes in at a slightly higher ABV of 42.8%.
The history of Hine Cognac starts in the 18th Century, when a young man by the name of Thomas Hine from Dorset arrived in Jarnac to undertake administerial work for a Cognac producer. He soon fell in love with the proprietor’s daughter Françoise-Elisabeth and married into the family. Now the son-in-law of the owner, Thomas was able to take on a senior role and used his financial skills to make major changes, developing trade beyond France. In 1817, he officially changed the name of the company to Thomas Hine & Co.
These days, the house of Hine focuses only on the Fine Champagne growing areas, overseeing 115 hectares of land by the village of Bonneuil. Vines of Ugni Blanc grapes cover the limestone-studded hills, drawing nutrients and water deep from the chalky soil even during the hottest summers.
Presentation of the Bottle
Elegant in its simplicity, the bottle is tall with a deep punt and slim profile. The classic red hue which tends to adorn Hine bottles has been replaced with a brilliant yellow on the label, foil and box. A great gift for anyone celebrating a 2006 anniversary.
How to Enjoy
Hine recommends trying it in some risqué ways - for instance, frappe with oysters, with veal tartare, or with a plate of Pata Negra ham. Of course, this is also a wonderful Cognac to sip on its own, and one that's ideally suited for the holiday season.
About Hine Cognac
Located in the heart of the Grande Champagne, the premium wine growing area of the Cognac region, the house of Hine has been producing some of the most exquisite Cognacs for six generations, when it was better known as T Hine & Co Cognac. The estate boasts an exceptional 173 acres of vineyards, and the house has a very special tradition of producing relatively small quantities - but with a very high standard in quality. One of their trademarks is to store their vintage casks in damp cellars in Bristol, England. This way, the Thomas Hine Cognac goes through a uniquely different ageing process due to the humidity of the seaside town, which differs somewhat to that of the southwestern coast of France. These highly priced vintage bottles are called “Hine Early-Landed Vintage Cognac”.
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