Paul Beau Lignee de Samuel Cognac
Paul Beau // Grande Champagne, France
Maison Paul Beau is a grower-producer in Cognac, one of the oldest artisanal cognac distillers in Segonzac. This bottling is based on the ugni blanc and colombard grape varietals all sourced completely from Grande Champagne region where Paul Beau is located. The “Lignee de Samuel Cognac” is an assemblage of eaux-de-vie from 1930 and 1950. Being one of the rarest expressions from this small house, only 60 bottles are released each year in the U.S.
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 aromas in this cognac are complex and nostalgic. An initial presentation of cedar, cinnamon, and Fig Newtons leads you next into orange peel, soy, and dried dates and cherries. All of these conjure memories of winter holidays. The palate brings a few new notes like potpourri, carrots and sarsaparilla in addition to the winter dessert flavors. This cognac is dense, sweet, funky, and bright with an aspect of umami and an absolutely relentless finish. Oddly, at times this cognac borders on being too complex but if you’re up for a challenge this should absolutely not be missed."