Growth area & soil: Grande Champagne
Jean Fillioux 16 years old Grande Champagne Cognac: Rare Elegance
This Premier Cru Cognac has been aged for a minimum of 16 years in French oak casks before being bottled in October 2020 at 41.8% ABV. The Jean Fillioux 16 years old Grande Champagne Cognac is a stunning example of terroir, displaying delicate notes of peaches and plums alongside rich spices and cocoa. Only a limited number of 1,500 bottles have been released, making this a ‘must-have’ for any collector.
Founded in 1880 by Honoré Fillioux, the House of Filioux is now run by his great-grandson Pascal. The famous Domaine de La Pouyade - their 63-acre family vineyards - lie in the ‘golden triangle’ of Grande Champagne, between the Angeac-Champagne, Juillac-le-Coq and Verrières communes. For five generations the family have been tending to the soil here, growing Ugni Blanc grapes which produce wines that are low in alcohol and tannins, but high in acidity - the perfect combination for distilling flavorful eaux-de-vie. The micro terroir of the golden triangle has for a long time been regarded to produce the finest parcels of Grande Champagne eaux-de-vie, but only with the aid of extended aging to reach their full potential. This is how Jean Fillioux Réserve Familiale Cognac typifies the very best Cognac has to offer: exceptional terroir combined with good age. It doesn’t get better than that.
Fillioux Cognac is famous for being an intimate, small-scale family production - and indeed, Pascal Fillioux oversees everything from the soil and the grapevines to the distillation and bottling. Carrying on skills that have been passed down from generation to generation, his estate belongs to a select group of family-owned Cognac producers that have maintained an appreciation for quality and centuries-old traditions. Thanks to Pascal’s dedication and unwavering loyalty, the House of Fillioux continue to create true masterpieces of Cognac to this day.
Presentation of the Bottle
The tall, elegant bottle features a thin neck with a deep punt and gold foil on the neck, matching the gold lettering on the label. Each bottle is individually numbered and this stunning Premier Cru release is presented in a gift box decorated with vine leaves.
How to Enjoy
Pour into a tulip glass and allow the Cognac to rest for a moment before taking a sip; this will allow the most complex aromas to develop for a fuller tasting experience. For an added element of luxury, enjoy alongside a cigar or an espresso after dinner.
Ruled by plums
A very good craft cognac from the Jean Fillioux estate, I've been following this brand for a long time and it's rare to see a bottle of this XXO rated cognac, so I'll give it a try.
It was a wonderful experience, closed in by the plums, a very different kind of pleasure, and I really appreciate the Jean Fillioux blend.
Thanks to the Cognac expert for the special presentation on the pleasures of Cognac.
About Jean Fillioux Cognac
Covering fifty acres of land in the heart of Grande Champagne, Jean Fillioux Cognac is an independent, family run estate that has been producing eaux-de-vie of high quality through four generations. Proud of their traditional methods, the current owner, Pascal J. Fillioux, ensures that not one bottle leaves the estate without being controlled by him from start to finish.
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