Lhéraud Cognac VSOP Petite Champagne
Cognac Lhéraud // Petite Champagne, France
Guy Lhéraud doesn't necessarily have a problem with cognacs "made by a computer", as he describes electronically-controlled distillation equipment; it's just not the ways he wants to do things. All Lhéraud Cognacs are distilled by hand in a direct-fire still, and bottled without any additives other than water. This VSOP expression is aged for five years, the first two in new casks of Limousin oak.
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
"Dried orange peel and mulling spices introduce this pungent, tangy cognac. The progression of flavors is quite interesting, from true cinnamon, to dried pear and fig, with a little vanilla, carob, and coffee bean rounding out the finish. The mouthfeel is a little tight and astringent, though."