Cognac Dudognon Heritage
Dudognon // Grande Champagne, France
Dudognon is a grower-producer cognac house with the family having grown grapes on their estate since 1776 in what is now known as the Grande Champagne region. This Heritage bottling is aged up to 40 years in cask, but remains somewhat translucent which is attributed in large part by the fact that zero additives are used. No boisé, no caramel, and no sugar syrup is used; a rarity in the world of cognac today.
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 TypeFrench oak
"A stellar bottle of brandy. Classic cognac flavors of French vanilla, dried violets, and exotic marmalade are joined by rich toffee and spice. Perhaps most importantly, there is also a deep, savory rancio aspect -- the French term to describe a noble oxidation present after long exposure to air and casks. Unlike many other cognacs that are this age on the market, the fruit is still solidly intact and the oak adds spice and complexity, not tannin and bitterness. World classic cognac for lovers of grace and beauty, not necessarily heft and power."