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Château de Montifaud Fine Petite Champagne Selection Cognac

Aged for four to six years in French Limousin Oak casks, this cognac is made by a sixth generation family of distillers.

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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.

Château de Montifaud Fine Petite Champagne Selection Cognac is made by harvesting grapes exclusively from the Petite Champagne cru in France. After the grapes arrive at the Vallet production center, they are immediately crushed in order to avoid any oxidation. Then the grapes are fermented at temperatures that never exceed 24° — 25°. This cool fermentation process preserves the flavor of the Vallet terroir and gives the cognac a slightly floral note.

Following fermentation, the grapes are distilled with their sediment in order to concentrate the flavor of the cognac and add a rich, rounded suppleness. This distillation process, which is personally overseen by a Vallet, is more time-consuming than traditional cognac distillation, but results in richer, more opulent flavors of butterscotch and toffee.

After distillation, the cognac is matured in 350-liter French Limousin Oak barrels for four to six years. French Limousin — one of the most expensive types of barreling-wood in the world — is highly prized because it is loosely grained and porous, allowing it to impart more flavor and tannins to the cognac that comes in contact with it. After aging, Michel and Laurent hand-select barrels of cognac to blend together, which are then bottled on the Vallet estate.

"This is a beautiful place to live," says Catherine Vallet, wife of Michael Vallet and head of marketing at Château Montifaud. "We have the heart of the cognac, the angel's share, and paradis."

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Rich aromas of toffee, butterscotch and caramel. Intense and slightly floral palate, with notes of dried apricots, tobacco, caramel and burnt sugar.

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