Bache-Gabrielsen VSOP Natur & Eleganse
Bache-Gabrielsen // Cognac, France
Bache-Gabrielsen is a revered cognac house started in 1905. The “Natur & Eleganse” line is supposed to be a break from their classical line signified with an non-traditional, short, squat bottle and a flavor profile that highlights “no-nonsense," “frank and fruity characters.” The four-plus year old brandy is all ugni blanc sourced from vines in mostly the Fins Bois, but also the Petite Champagne and Grande Champagne crus.
CognacBrandy distilled in a delimited region within France from specific grapes. Must be double-distilled to no higher than 72% abv. Required to be aged in oak for at least 2 years. Also, if labeled as the following, minimum aging is: VS-2 years, VSOP-4 years, Napoléon 6 years, XO-10 years (as of April 2018).
Cask TypeLimousin oak
"The color of this cognac has a very pleasant golden tint and the aromatics show classic scents of baked, white grapes, hard lemon candy, and opulent French oak. True to the product’s marketing description and perhaps in discord with the line’s name, “Eleganse,” the palate is bold and rich with a pleasant impression of grippy oak tannin. Although perhaps slightly misnamed, this would be a wonderful cognac for whisky lovers and its concentration of wood and fruit flavors would make for great New Orleans style cocktails."