Prunier XO Très Vieille Grande Champagne: The Essence of Premier Cru Elegance
Prunier XO Très Vieille Grande Champagne is a 100% Grande Champagne Cognac created from eaux-de-vie that have been aged for an average of 45 years. There's a reason that the Grande Champagne region is known as the Premier Cru: its wonderful, deep chalky soil allows for consistent growing conditions and steady maturation of grapes even during the hottest summers.
Created by Jean Burnez in the early 1930s, this blend originally went by the name of ‘Patriarche’ to reflect its character as a personal selection by the most senior member of the family. The base of very old Cognacs aged in humid, cool cellars has remained the same for generations, with each successive Master Blender bringing their personal touch to the final product with a small portion of additional eaux-de-vie. Stéphane Burnez, the current Master Blender, prefers a lighter style with less oak influence, allowing the character of the eaux-de-vie to shine through above all.
This wonderful Cognac contains elements that have come from Prunier's Paradis cellars, and Stéphane’s expertise has created a product that exudes finesse, complexity and smoothness. From aromas of candied fruits to tropical fruit and exotic tobacco notes, every moment spent enjoying this fine Cognac takes you on a journey. This is truly a classic expression - and one that offers superb value for money.
Experts in fine vintages, Prunier specialize in buying eaux-de-vie directly from winegrowers and distillers to age in their own cellars by the Charente, allowing them to select only the most exceptional vintages. This ancient Maison dates back to 1665, perfectly located in a quaint medieval house in the centre of Cognac. In the early 20th Century, the Prunier family left no descendants when Alphonse Prunier died. It was his widow who passed the deeds to her nephew Jean Burnez, allowing them to continue as a family company and maintain their strong traditions.
Awards and Mentions
- International Wine & Spirits Competition 2018: Silver Medal, Outstanding
- France Review of Wines, 2006: 4.5 out of 5 stars
- Wine Enthusiast Magazine: 97/100 points
- International Wine and Spirit Competition, London: Gold Medal
Presentation of the Bottle
The Prunier XO Très Vieille Grande Champagne Cognac comes in a stylish, tall bottle with a deep punt and a wooden cork stopper. The premium-look presentation box features a black exterior and opens up to reveal the bottle alongside an information booklet.
Rare old Grande Champagne blends like this deserve attention: pour gently into a tulip glass and let it rest for 30 seconds before taking a sip. To allow the aromas to open up further, a small dash of mineral water could be added.
Great experience for the price!
I had the pleasure to visit a friend in Cognac and taste this very old XO in one of the eldest family owned Cognac house I've been said.. I am not an expert, more used to whiskey, but this is definitely one of the best Cognac (even spirit? oh!) I have ever experienced. I have tried several classic XO (small and famous brands by curiosity) and a few extra old ones, but this one offers the best of the most famous cru, the Grande Champaign. So smooth... I also recommend it to people that are not used to Cognac because it's too strong, too expensive or whatever reason cause they would be definitely suprised. Unfortunately, it is hard to find, lucky me I passed by.. Long live Cognac!
About Prunier Cognac
Steeped in tradition, Cognac Prunier is a family run firm with cellars in the heart of the town of Cognac. The house does not own its own vineyards, instead, they buy the eaux-de-vie directly from supplying vine growers and distillers each year, and then carry out the ageing process in their own cellars.
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