Growth area & soil: Grande Champagne
100% Grande Champagne Extra Old Cognac
Park stun us once more with a Cognac hailing entirely from the Premier Cru - the Park XO Grande Champagne Cognac. This terroir is renowned for yielding distinguished eaux-de-vie that is elegant and lengthy in its finish, and requires a noticeably longer aging process than other terroirs to develop full aromatic depth.
Aged for at least 10 years thanks to its XO age denomination, this is a precious Cognac that deserves to be enjoyed meditatively as a digestif.
This Cognac is made with 100% Ugni Blanc grapes from the Grande Champagne, which has developed certain qualities thanks to the high chalk content of its soil. This is down to millions of years of specific geological activity in this very small, but very unique region. The Ugni Blanc grape is selected for its fresh quality and finesse, which allows the strengths of this fine terroir to really showcase themselves.
The casks are moderately toasted for 40 minutes to allow the development of different aromas to shine through and permeate the eaux-de-vie, such as rich notes of spice and chocolate. The wine is then double distilled using traditional Charentais copper pot stills of 25 hectoliters, to create a series of finely elaborated spirits. This method is unique to the Cognac region, and is known as the Charentais method.
Finally, the Park XO Grande Champagne spends the rest of its life sleeping and developing its aromatic potential in oak barrels of 400 liter capacity for at least 10 years. After twelve months spent in new Limousin oak barrels, the eaux-de-vie is transferred to red used casks to impart different flavors and aromas.
How to enjoy Park XO Grande Champagne
Sip this Cognac as a digestif, either neat or on the rocks. It is the perfect Cognac for a meditative food pairing experience while enjoying Roquefort cheese or vanilla pod ice cream. After sipping this Park Extra Old Cognac, leave a small amount in the bottom of the tasting glass. Return to the glass a few minutes later.
The Cellar Master advises that while enjoying its bouquet, close your eyes and full focus on the sensory experience. The aromas should develop even more than beforehand, further expanding your appreciation of this distinct Grande Champagne Cognac.
Park XO Grande Champagne Bottle
The presentation of Park Cognacs is always stylish and classic, yet contemporary. It arrives in a tall, slim decanter with white labeling that denotes the Park family crest. It arrives in a matching white presentation sleeve with a red finish, making it a wonderful gift.
About Park Cognac
Cognac Park is a brand produced by the large eaux-de-vie group Tessendier & Fils, a wholesaler who has a traceable history dating back to the 19th century. Presented in elegant ‘cognacaise’ bottles, the range encompasses all of the growing regions of the area, and produce blends both young and old. A relatively recent brand, the popularity of Cognac Park is beginning to grow, as more consumers in various countries become aware of its existence.
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