Lhéraud Cognac 1974 Grand Champagne
Cognac Lhéraud // Grand Champagne, France
The Lhéraud family are specialists in vintage cognacs, many of them exceptionally old. It's no surprise that vintage-dating is a rarity in Cognac when you consider that barrels destined to become vintage must be aged under a government seal in a locked cellar. In order to taste their contents or transfer them to another barrel, the producer must pay a government inspector to unlock the cellar and reseal the barrel once the work is completed. This 1974 Cognac was bottled at 40 years of age, in 2014, at natural cask-strength.
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 and Tronçais oak
"Nutmeg, allspice, dried fig, papaya, and tart candied citrus peel are just some of the layers this Cognac meets the nose with as it unfolds in the glass. The tangy, fruit-leather character all but disappears on the palate, replaced with dark, resinous oak, dry spice, and some sandalwood on the back end. With lots of aromatic complexity, well-developed rancio flavors, and a firm, pleasant, balanced texture, the noble pedigree here is obvious, but it's hard to escape the thought that this should have perhaps been taken out of the barrel a few years earlier."