About Chateau de Montifaud VSOP Cognac
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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Cognac is a type of brandy produced in the Cognac region of France.
Because the French take it very seriously, there are numerous rules cognac makers have to follow not to fall “short” into the brandy category.
The white wine from the specific grapes (Ugni blanc) has to be doubly distilled in a copper pot still before being aged for at least two years in oak casks from which the wood can only come from two specific forests in France (Limousin or Tronçais).
Depending on the age, there are three types of cognac, the youngest V.S. (Very Special), V.S.O.P. (Very Superior Old Pale), and the X.O. (Extra Old)
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