Growth area & soil: Grande Champagne
Pierre Ferrand Cognac Ambré: A Grande Champagne Masterpiece
The Maison Ferrand has made a name for itself thanks to its exclusive use of Premier Cru terroir eaux-de-vie, the chalky soil of Grande Champagne is particularly famous for producing some of the highest quality Cognacs the region has to offer.
For the Ferrand family, now on their fifth generation of cellar master, blending is an art form and each Cognac is a masterpiece in its own right. No expense or artisan expertise has been spared with the Pierre Ferrand Ambré Cognac, which is why it took home Silver at the esteemed San Francisco World Spirits Competition in 2018, as well as two Gold Medals at the 2009 Cognac Masters and Chicago Beverage Testing Institute respectively.
Containing a mix of eaux-de-vie made from Ugni Blanc and Colombard grapes, it has been left to age for ten years in traditional, high quality French Quercus Sessiliflora (Tronçais) oak barrels, which gives the Cognac its distinct amber color. The barrels are stored in one of the Logis d'Angeac's 7 cellars, which are either warm or dry, producing the optimum atmosphere and humidity for the masterful maturation process.
The blend is in fact an XO, but marketed as a "1er Cru de Cognac" thanks to its Grande Champagne appellation, the most revered terroir in the region. It boasts a lively and expressive flavor profile of fresh fruit, flowers and vanilla and an excellent depth of character, which comes as no surprise for a Maison Ferrand masterpiece.
The estate itself is not limited by its use of traditional methods, but instead uses small distillation skills and ancient skills to produce innovative and intense Cognacs, rums and even gins and vodkas.
- Silver at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition in 2018
- Gold Medal at the Cognac Masters (December 2009)
- Gold Medal with 91/100 – Beverage Testing Institute (2009)
How to Enjoy:
This Ambre Cognac is ideal for both sipping neat and as a spirit base to a long drink. Try it with ginger ale and a freshly squeezed lime wedge for a refreshing summer tipple.
Presentation of the Bottle:
A sensual sepia-tone design on both bottle and cardboard case perfectly complements the Cognac's amber color, and its golden elements reaffirm its high-quality thanks to its traditional distillation, 10-year maturation and its Grande Champagne appellation, which is, as stated on the bottle, the premier cru of Cognac.
The bottle is slim and classic in its design, with avant-garde neck grooves and beautifully embossed glass body. This is a Cognac to be displayed, as Pierre Ferrand takes just as much effort in their presentation as they do in their production.
Absolute wonder of a Cognac, great value!
I have tasted many Cognacs throughout my life, and I can say, that this one, is one of my personal go-to's, especially given that it All 100% Grande Champagne, the rich soil, and unique subtle flavor, and it truly is demonstrated in lush, supple and an amazing elixir. Package and Bottle appearance...
About Pierre Ferrand Cognac
The estate of Cognac Pierre Ferrand is located directly in the ‘golden triangle’ of the Grande Champagne region of Cognac and is owned and run by Alexandre Gabriel. Specializing in old and very old cognacs, Pierre Ferrand is only bottled and shipped to order. They have also developed some unique production techniques of their own that are used in the aging and distillation process and have introduced innovative ways of collaborating with smaller scale producers. Both the vineyards and company headquarters are located in the 18th century Château de Bonbonnet at Ars, just 10 kms from the town center of Cognac itself.
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