Ragnaud Sabourin Fontevieille No. 35 Cognac

Highly Recommended 87 /100
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Cognac age
XO

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Growth area
Grande Champagne

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Bottle size
700ml
ABV
43%
Brand
Ragnaud Sabourin Cognac

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Tasting review

Color: Subtle mahogany tones, intertwined with hints of honey and bronze.

Nose: A complex and varied array of aromas, starting with the freshness of nectarine, pears, and wine grapes. This initial burst of fruitiness gradually gives way to deeper, more intricate scents of roasted nuts, liquorice, and linden.

Palate: Rich and enveloping, presenting a thick and mouth-filling texture. A medley of candied fruit dances alongside waxy orange and apricot, all woven together with threads of beeswax, spice, and honey. This blend achieves a subtle equilibrium between sweetness and dryness. As the experience deepens, toasted oak, dried fruit, and the signature rancio note emerge.

Finish: Complex and prolonged. Wood spice and balsam lay the foundation, upon which layers of sweet spices, a hint of vanilla, leather, and coffee notes are skillfully added. The distinctive touch of Charente “rancio” crowns the finish.

Awards

  • San Francisco World Spirits Competition - 2023 - Trophy
  • San Francisco World Spirits Competition - 2023 - Double Gold
  • San Francisco World Spirits Competition - 2023 - Best in Class
  • Concours Général Agricole - Ministere de L'Agriculture - 2011 - Silver
  • International Wine and Spirits Competition - 2023 - Silver

Growth area & soil: Grande Champagne

Grande Champagne

Grande Champagne

Description

Glimpse Into the Past With Ragnaud Sabourin Fontevieille No.35

Combining the fruits of well-developed grapevines with an extended maturation period, Ragnaud Sabourin Fontevieille No.35 is a Cognac that demands attention. While technically classed as an XO, the makers have indicated that the number 35 on the bottle is a code for the age, with ‘Fontevieille’ indicating that the eaux-de-vie have been produced from the oldest vines of the estate’s 33-hectare vineyard Domaine de la Voute. This expression has been crafted from a blend of three grape varieties: 60% Ugni Blanc grapes combined with 40% Folle Blanche and Colombard. The result is multifaceted and rich, displaying the very best characteristics of Grande Champagne.

The Ragnaud-Sabourin estate was founded in 1850 by Gaston Briand and his son-in-law Marcel Ragnaud. Today, Annie Ragnaud-Sabourin and her son Olivier carry on the family expertise, focusing exclusively on eaux-de-vie produced from their own vines. Sitting on a hill outside the village of Ambleville in the south of Grande Champagne, this wonderful estate may be small, but it is also one of the most prominent houses in Cognac, selling fine eaux-de-vie to a range of larger companies. However, they always make sure to keep the majority for themselves, which is why the House of Ragnaud-Sabourin boasts unusually large stocks of old Cognac - some of which predate the phylloxera epidemic. As a result, they are able to offer a wide selection of high-end releases.

Few houses dedicate themselves to such a long-term view on their production, but the Ragnaud-Sabourin family know how to plan ahead. The present stocks kept in their cellars represent around fifteen years of future sales - a long-term investment, but always worth the wait.

Presentation of the Bottle

The Ragnaud Sabourin Fontevieille No. 35 Cognac comes in a classically elegant slim bottle, with a vintage-style label featuring calligraphy text.

How to Enjoy Ragnaud Sabourin Fontevieille No. 35 Cognac

Sit back and relax; this is a slow sipper, perfect to end a meal or a long day. Gently let the Cognac breathe in a tulip glass before taking a sip, tasting the result of time and dedication.

About Ragnaud Sabourin Cognac

A prestigious family-run estate with a history dating back to 1850, the cognac house of Ragnaud Sabourin are known for their blends and single vintages produced from only the 1er cru region of the Grande Champagne. Priding themselves at keeping firmly to family and tradition, even their employers and clients span the generations. The estate produces a complete range of cognacs, from a VS through to single year vintages, and Cognac Ragnaud Sabourin embrace the past, present and future to create cognacs of exceptional quality.

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