Owned by the Durand family since 1938, the cognac house and winery of Le Maine Giraud was once the home of the famous French poet, playwright and novelist Alfred de Vigny in the 1800s. One of de Vigny’s most well known poems is titled La Mort de Loup (The Death of the Wolf). This poem was written in Le Maine Giraud in Charente. Twenty kilometres south of Angouleme at Champagne-Vigny, the chateau is surrounded by forty acres of vineyards where today, as for many hundreds of years, the grape is grown in a traditional manner, just like in the days of de Vigny, to create cognac, wine and Pineau des Charentes.
Eye: Deep, aged color
Nose: Powerful, with woody and spicy aromas
Palate: Complex yet round, with notes of oak and leather combining with slightly sweet notes of flower and fruit. Peppery, with good rancio. A rather masculine XO
Eye: Dark amber
Nose: Fruits, toasted brown sugar, cacao nibs.
Palate: Oak-y elements take shape on the palate, with a touch of fresh violet, petal and strawberry. Finish has notes of rounded orange, old oak and worn leather. Subtle notes of cigar, fruits and crème brûlée - some...