Bache-Gabrielsen XO Natur & Eleganse
Bache-Gabrielsen // Cognac, France
The “Natur & Eleganse” line is meant to be a bit of a modern update to the Bache-Gabrielsen house which dates its founding at 1905. The brandies show a bit more of a masculine take on the category and are not afraid of more intense wood flavors than may be typical with cognac. This XO is aged between 10-30 years and made exclusively from ugni blanc grapes grown in the Petite Champagne and Fins Bois regions.
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 dark mahogany color of this brandy is immediately pleasing, and similarly brown-nutty flavors of rancio are present on the deep and luxurious nose. Happily, the cognac’s fruit has not been completely dried out, but rather shows itself as orange-chocolate candy and roasted figs. The palate is rich and warming with more cocoa and creme brûlées and then moves to a long finish of walnuts and cinnamon stick. The complete impression is a delicious meditative spirit for fans of bold wood tones."