Gourry de Chadeville Grande Champagne Cognac Sauternes Cask
Gourry de Chadeville // Grande Champagne, France
Pierre Goursat Gourry is the current helmsman of the historic Gourry de Chadeville house in Cognac's heart: the Grande Champagne. Here historic is not overused -- the same building on the property has been used since 1619. This doesn't lead to a regal plantation, but instead a mere 7 hectares (about 17 acres.) This particular bottling is composed of all ugni blanc grapes. After distillation half of the yield landed in classic cognac cask and the other half into a used Sauternes (French dessert wine) cask. After five years the eaux de vie from the two casks was switched and then allowed to age another five years before being blended and bottled unfiltered. 520 bottle production.
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 Typeused Limousin oak and ex-Sauternes wine cask
"This is a cognac with a very complex nose. Immediately there are flavors of butter cookie, fruit preserve, and vanilla, but beneath that a more savory element of sauteed mushroom and sweet earth. The palate continues to show a nice balance of sweet and savory with initial lemon rock candy and then elements of spice and miso. Overall a very nice, if a bit atypical, cognac. The Sauternes cask may have brought some of the minerality but also certainly brought a lot of the spirit's sweetness. Recommended for cognac fans in the mood for something different and don't mind a bit of a richer profile."