Paul Beau Hors d'Âge Grande Champagne Cognac
Paul Beau // Grande Champagne, France
Maison Paul Beau has been distilling cognac under the family name consistently since 1977, but off and on prior to that since 1895 when they also produced for other houses. Their Hors d'Âge is produced from the ugni blanc grape produced on their estate in Segonzac in Grande Champagne. Their Master Distiller, Olivier Laurichesse, produces their cognacs without additives. The wines are filtered from their lees (the dead yeast cells left after fermentation) for a clean style.
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 TypeFrench oak
"The house style at Paul Beau is deep with a broad, meaty profile. The difference between the big house entries in this age category is stark: you will not find any of the soft, vanilla character common in big houses here, but rather a heady combination of toasted walnut, cherry wood, and savory rancio. This would qualify as an XO - the youngest brandies are 30 years old, but as is standard at Paul Beau it has been declassified as a Hors D'Age. The flavors have a beautiful linear sense started a powerful, lush impact and continuing into a long, savory finish."