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Maison Dudognon Vieille Reserve Cognac
This product is available in: NY Unfortunately, we can't ship to PO Boxes and APO addresses.Size750mL Proof80 (40% ABV)
This product is available in: NY Unfortunately, we can't ship to PO Boxes and APO addresses.
About Maison Dudognon Vieille Reserve CognacMaison Dudogon is situated in the Grande Champagne Cru du Cognac. Keepers of the vine, the Maison Dudognon are farmers who have kept the land for generations, feeding and working it while maintaining the delicate balance of the soil. Maison Dudognon has a long-standing relationship with the grand cru, and have upheld the highest quality of production since its inception.
The Ugni Blanc is the main grape variety in the area is but in recent years they have taken to the replanting of the Montils and Folle Blanche varieties. The harvests are carried out mechanically and in several stages. The Folle Blanche, early varieties are harvested and vinified separately first. Then the Montils and Ugni Blanc grapes. The Maison produces some of the most fragrant, quality eau-de-vie on the market.
At Maison Dudognon, the first November frosts are the queue to “fire" up the stills. The first pass of wine yields an average 28% alcohol per volume. The second heater or "Good Heater" is what results in the cognac. This resultant spirit is a brandy containing 70% alcohol per volume.
At this stage, the Cognac passes to the hands of the Cellar Master who magically goes to work aging and blending. All spirits are housed in new oak barrels before being transferred to older ones. The choose the oak they purchase according to its drying property.
This "Vieille Reserve" expression is a blend of barrels averaging two decades in age. When the eau-de-vie turns the ripe age of 20 the grapes in the blend start to showcase their fruitier nuttier flavors characteristic to Cognac.
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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)