Cognac Park VS Carte Blanche
Cognac Park // Cognac, France
Gaston Tessendier founded the Distillerie Tessendier estate in 1880 and today is led by brothers Jérôme and Lillian Tessendier, the fourth generation Master Cellars in charge. Their VS Carte Blanche has been produced in small batches to maintain character. It is comprised of brandies blended from the Fins Bois and Petite Champagne crus. The eaux-de-vie distilled from ugni blanc grapes are kept in new Limousin casks for 6 months, and then transferred to older casks for further aging, between 4 and 8 years. This is the youngest expression in the brand's lineup and is bottled at 40% ABV.
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 Typenew and used Limousin oak
"The nose is quite light, with a fragrant-floral profile as well as lychee, spice, and a fruit jam note that seems to pop up in the Park Cognac line. The palate is quite soft, with a bit of toffee, plums and red fruits, and cinnamon. The finish is short, and also soft, with some light lingering vanilla and chocolate sweetness backed by dry oak and a tart cherry. Overall, very soft and delicate."