Growth area & soil: Petite Champagne
Conte et Filles XXO
Conte et Filles XXO is a rounded Cognac that develops with blissful aromas of candied fruit, cloves, pear jam, walnuts and prunes and a hint of leather. As an extra old Cognac blend, it was produced by Pierre-Marie and Bernard Conte (the father and uncle of Blandine and Anne-Laure, who lead the Cognac house today), and its youngest component dates back to 2007, the oldest back to 1999. The Conte et Filles XXO Cognac was distilled without lees and mainly aged in red barrels to develop its fruity aromas.
Standing proud as a female-led Cognac brand in an industry that is predominantly fronted by men, Maison Conte et Filles is now in its 5th generation of family members to inherit the Cognac-making savoir-faire. Sisters Blandine and Anne-Laure present their passion for the world of agriculture through a new range of Cognacs alongside other grape-based wines and spirits.
Presentation of the bottle
Displayed in a modern cylinder-style decanter with a wide cork stopper, it’s the label work of this bottle design that makes it stand out from the rest. On the label, an illustration of the vines reflects back to nature and the roots of how this Cognac came to be. Arriving with a matching presentation box, it serves as a delightful gift – and one that is easy on the senses, from the eye to your fingertips as they hold the smooth bottle in hand, through to the nose and then the palate as you embark on the tasting journey.
How to enjoy
A beautifully well-aged Cognac, XXO is best appreciated on its own – neat. Try adding an ice cube to the bottom of the glass to allow the patchwork of aromas to develop even further.
It's about the fruit!
Nose: Lots of fruit! Fresh and a bit floral - lively! Palate: The fruitiness continues, not too complex, not a heavy woody cognac - easy to drink! Or as the French say: facile a boire. A great introduction to the Conte et Filles cognac range. It's great value for money and if you can find it on...
Conte & Filles XXO
Nose: Mirabelle plums (easily France's greatest plum), other yellow plums, a splash of lemony citrus, ginger, miel de citronnier. With time in the glass a touch of vanilla enters the scene along with mushy banana puree. The fruitiness is immense, and it straddles the line between fresh fruit and stewed...
A lovely gateway XXO
A lovely array of fruit greets the nose, with orange blossom standing out. As it opens, subtle fresh pear and nut appears. A very nicely balanced fruit forward nose with some complexity. The mouth is medium-bodied, and the palate starts fruity sweet, and finishes dry with mild, complimentary spice...
Fresh summer cognac
I haven't tasted this cognac before, and I have limited experience with this producer. This is a cognac mainly consisting of distillates from 1999 and 2007. It has been stored in old casks. That is why this cognac is rather bright in color. On the nose, it is rich and almost intense. Orange and some...
Conte et Filles XXO Cognac - a young appealing XXO
Tasted from a sample of this year´s Advent Calendar: The colour is a bright straw-gold. On the nose first intensive orange and citrus notes, getting even more interesting with time by adding spicy and nutty nuances. The palate is really fine and complex on different fruits (oranges, satsumas,...
About Conte et Filles
The Conte et Filles vineyard is family-owned and has existed for 5 generations, anchored in the limestone valleys of Charente. Today, it is the two sisters Blandine and Anne-Laure who invite you in for a taste of their world and passion for agriculture with every sip of their Cognac, wine and Pineau des Charentes offerings.
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