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Paul Giraud Vieille Reserve Cognac

Recommended 84 /100
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Tasting review

Eye: Bright golden color.

Nose: Dried apricot, fresh peach, candied fruits and caramelized plums. Honey and sweet spices on the second nose (vanilla and clove). A hint of mandarin develops after aeration.

Palate: Full weighted yet light to taste, dried fig, oak and toasted almonds. Apricot, vanilla and toasted almond linger on the finish. Lots of rancio on the finale. 


  • Concours des Vignerons Independant - 2016 - Gold

Growth area & soil: Grande Champagne

Grande Champagne

Grande Champagne


Paul Giraud Vieille Réserve Cognac: sweet and smooth Grande Champagne 

The Paul Giraud estate is well known for not only its premier cru eaux-de-vie, but equally, its emphasis on traditional methods of production, from hand-picking the grapes to using traditional copper alembic stills for distillation. The estate uses organic farming techniques, meaning there are no chemicals or pesticides in their eaux-de-vie, producing a purer, more authentic flavor profile and a distinctive depth of character.

The Paul Giraud Cognac Vieille Reserve is a prime example of hard work paying off, a high-quality 25-year-old XO Cognac offering a sweet and smooth experience with every single sip. The brand has won many awards as an independent winegrower, its estate is small, only 35 hectares, but mighty in terms of the intense flavors it produces.

This particular Grande Champagne blend boasts that classic rancio character typically found in older eaux-de-vie, it holds aromas of fresh stone fruits such as apricot and peach and caramelized plums. It has a very supple yet rich flavor profile, having been left to mature for around 25 years.

What makes this Cognac so unique is its uncharacteristic sweetness for a Cognac of this age, its caramel notes mellow out the sharp stone fruits whilst balancing out the oaky aromas produced from its 25 years in Limousin casks.

Bold baking spices permeate on both nose and palate, including vanilla and clove. Honey and mandarin peel add another element to this Vieille Reserve, a truly complex and sensory adventure.

How to Enjoy

Enjoy this Vieille Reserve neat in a classic balloon glass, slightly warmed by the hands and sipped slowly to savor the sweet and mellow flavor profile that evolves as you make your way down the glass.

Presentation of the Bottle

The classic, artisanal design of this Cognac reflects the authenticity, tradition, and independence of the estate itself, with elegant brown, amber and orange tones that perfectly complement the golden hue of the Cognac itself. The bottle equally comes with a cardboard case for display, gifting or storage purposes.

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Recommended 84 /100

About Paul Giraud

COGNAC PAUL GIRAUD & Fils is a family-owned estate located in Bouteville, a small village in the heart of Grande Champagne, the premier cru of Cognac. The estate has been passed down from father to son since 1635. Paul Jean Giraud, born in 1952, is the 10th generation to lead the domain. In 1975, Paul Jean and his father founded Cognac Paul Giraud, and the brand was established in 1976 with the beginning of bottling. For five years, Paul Jean developed his sales in France before beginning to export in 1980. Currently, their cognacs are distributed selectively in France, in fine grocery stores, wine shops, and restaurants, and are exported to more than 35 countries around the world. In continuation and transmission, Paul, son of Paul Jean (11th generation), works alongside his father. They share the same passion and have a common vision for the sustainability of their know-how.

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