About Prunier XO Très Vieille Grande Champagne Cognac
In 1665, Jean Prunier began distilling brandy in La Rochelle, a city in western France that sits alongside the shores of the Atlantic Ocean. By the early 18th century, Prunier had established himself as one of the finest distillers in the country, and had given birth to Maison Prunier. Upon his death in 1732, Gabriel Prunier (Jean's son) took over the family business and in the early 19th century, Francois Prunier relocated the house to the Cognac region of France. Today, Maison Prunier remains situated in the same medieval house in Cognac that Francois established over two centuries ago. In addition, Stephane Burnez — a direct descendant of Jean Prunier — remains the company's Cellar Master.
Prunier XO Très Vieille Grande Champagne Cognac is made exclusively from grapes harvested from the Grande Champagne cru
of Cognac. The Grande Champagne cru — the most highly sought after and desirable cru in the Cognac region — is known for its chalky soils, which result in higher-quality grapes and finer cognacs as compared to other crus. Once the grapes have been harvested, they are pressed and fermented before being twice distilled through a traditional copper still.
Following distillation, Prunier XO Cognac is matured for a minimum of 20 years, although the average age of the cognac is 45 years (a portion of the cognac is up to 50 years old). As a result of this incredibly long maturation process, the cognac has a bold and robust flavor profile, with aromas of citrus and vanilla giving way to notes of candied oranges, honeyed oak and caramel on the palate. The finish is long and slightly sweet, with notes of woody spices, vanilla, rancio and stone fruits.
Prunier XO Très Vieille Grande Champagne Cognac earned a score of 97 points from Wine Enthusiast
, which rated it the #1 cognac in 2013.
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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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