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Martell

Martell
Creation
Blend / Grand Champagne & Borderies
40% abv

A cognac both sophisticated and straight-forward, a true reflection of asserted personality of its eaux-de-vie, carefully selected in the Creation cellar, where eaux-de-vie from 1900 are preserved. Primary notes evoking ginger bread and dry fruits, soon complimented by the refreshing aroma of orange marmalade, lemon zests and orange tree flower, culminating in a subtle finale of nice rancio notes, with a mix of walnut stain, curry paste and cedar wood. Taste: A soft and silky feeling releasing the mellowness of this first instance and reinforcing the smoothness of the sophisticated blending. This initial mellowness is then intensified by an incredible length in mouth, bringing the flavors into full bloom.

 

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Delamain
Resérve de la Famille
60 yrs old
Triple "S" / Grand Champagne
43% abv (cask strength)

Cognac aged in wood from a single vineyard and single cask. At present, the Family Reserve comes from a brandy distilled just after World War II by a master "bouilleur de cru" (grower-distiller), in the heart of the Grande Champagne. First nose subtle but firm scents of pepper, spirit, and wood. The bouquet adds traces of grapes, paraffin, and spice. Palate entry is honey sweet, woody, and even a touch bacon fat-like. Midpalate stage is memorable for the semisweet tastes of marzipan, English toffee, and egg cream. Finishes as elegantly as it begins.

SF World Spirit Competition 2003 Double Gold Medal.

Delamain Reserve de le Famille

 

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Baron Otard
Extra 1795
Blend / Grand Champagne
40% abv

Baron Otard Extra 1795 offers a rich, complex bouquet of dried fruit (plum and grape), orange peel, hazelnut, and cigar box. This profusion of aromas further explodes on the palate providing incomparable pleasure, thanks to the mellowness of the old Champagne eaux-de-vie.

Baron Otard Extra 1795

 

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Martell Cordon Bleu

Martell
Cordon Bleu
Borderies & Grande Champagne
40% abv

Deep dark copper color. Warm melted buttery caramel and anise seed aromas follow through on a soft, silky entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium body with caramelized pear, peach, and apple notes. Finishes in a vibrant peppery spice and praline accented fade with slate minerality.

International Review of Spirits Award Gold Medal (Rated 92 points, Exceptional)

 

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Menuet
Hors d'Age Grande Champagne
50 yrs old
Triple "S" / Grande Champagne
40% abv

Opening bouquet emits echoes of once-ripe fruit, oak and cheese-like rancio. Aeration assists this bouquet by adding touches of prunes and black plum. Palate entry offers flavors of bittersweet chocolate, orange pekoe tea and cocoa butter. Midpalate comes on strong with vivid tastes of toasted walnut, almond butter, bacon fat and brown sugar. Aftertaste is rich, almost syrupy.

International Review of Spirits Award Gold Medal.

Menuet

 

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Normandin-Mercier Tres Vielle

Normandin-Mercier
Très Vieille
Grande Champagne
40% abv

Made with Cognac that comes from the family heritage before 1914. Well-rounded with natural strength. Aromas of flowers and hints of fruits develop in the long finish. A very elegant Cognac.

 

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Laurent Merlin
Hors - Pair
50 yrs old
Triple "S" / Petite Champagne
42% abv

A perfect blend of a single vineyard averaging some 50 years. Smoky aromas of fruits and flowers coexist in perfect unison with hints of dry wood. Outstanding length, roundness and pleasure. An awesome Cognac.

Laurent Merlin

 

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A. de Fussigny

A. de Fussigny
Très Vieille Grande Champagne
45 yrs old
Grande Champagne
42% abv

The breed and power of this Extra drape the palate with all the warmth and luxury of soft, snug cashmere. Each fold reveals an unexpected or surprising aroma in a swirl of birch, toasted pistachio, Caribbean vanilla, and sultanas— woven on the tongue into a harmonious pattern of extraordinary proportions.

 



 
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