Lhéraud Cuvée 20 Cognac
Cognac Lhéraud // Petite Champagne, France
The Lhéraud family has been farming grapes and distilling cognac since 1802, but it wasn't until current patriarch Guy Lhéraud took over in 1970 that the domaine began to bottle and sell their own produce rather than selling it to négociants (the merchant-bottlers who blend and bottle and sell most cognac in the market) The 20-year age designation on this bottle does not refer to the minimum age of its contents, but rather to their exact age when they were bottled.
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 oak
"This fills the nose with an intoxicating, almost overpowering bouquet of savory spice, with turmeric and saffron playing the top register, a little black pepper and gum mastic filling out the middle, and some sweet vanilla and violet providing the foundation. Soft, elegant, and complex in the mouth, the smoothness and delicately viscous texture provide an interesting juxtaposition against fresh, vibrant cedar, gingerbread, and butterscotch, and hints of tar. The finish carries on with the contrast of light but pleasantly viscous texture and raw, dark, resinous flavors."