Chateau de Montifaud VSOP Cognac

Aged twice the mandatory requirement for VSOP, and crafted using a unique faibles techniques, this Chateau de Montifaud Petite Champagne expression won a Gold Medal, BEST COGNAC, at the WSWA Tasting Competition.
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For six generations, Château Montifaud has belonged to the Vallet family. In 1837, the vineyard was founded by Augustin Vallet who, upon his death, passed it along his son, Pierre. In turn, Pierre passed the estate on to his son, Maurice. Today, Louis, Michel and Laurent Vallet — all direct descendants of Augustin — manage the 90-hectare Vallet estate that stretches over the Grand Champagne and Petite Champagne regions of France.

Even though the Vallet family owns land in the Grande and Petite Champagne regions, they refrain from blending the two regions in their cognacs. Instead, they represent each region individually, offering a pure and unadulterated flavor. The Vallet family also exceeds industry standards, aging their cognacs at twice the minimum required age statement for each category of cognac. Their VS is aged 4-5 years, their VSOP is aged 8-10 years, and their XO is aged 30 years.

In addition to their intensive aging methods, Chateau de Montifaud also using a unique faibles technique to proof their cognac. These faibles are crafted by setting distilled water in cognac barrels and soaking them for awhile. The water gently pulls the remaining cognac that has soaked into the barrels over time, producing a low alcohol solution with 15 to 18 percent alcohol content. The faibles are then blended in increments, small portions at a time, through a process called ‘petites eaux’ (little waters).

The storied Cognac house also has beautifully exquisite and exemplary traditions, deeply indicative of the family’s deep legacy. When a child is born into the Valley family, a cask of cognac is produced and then stored in ‘Paradis.’ This area of the cognac house is where the oldest and most precious cognac is kept.

Chateau de Montifaud VSOP Cognac is a blend of eaux-de-vie from the Petite Champagne region, aged for eight to ten years, with the first eight months being spent in new oak. This cognac is fruit centered, with subtle hints of pears, apricots, and floral notes. For its age this is truly a sophisticated cognac and quite a delicacy on the palate.

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Proof 80 (40% ABV)
Distiller/Bottler Name Chateau de Montifaud
Size 750mL
Fruity aromas on the nose. Woody flavors on the palate, followed by powerful floral fragrances. The floral scents eventually taper to dried flowers, characteristic of the Petite Champagne. The palate is full and supple, soaked with fruity , plum, apricot eau-de-vie.
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