A big old bottling of this top notch Cognac from historic producer Bache Gabrielsen.
Bache Gabrielsen is a Cognac house dating back to the earliest years of the 20th century. The company enjoys a particular popularity in Scandinavia, and indeed, its founder was a former Norwegian soldier (hence the Scandi sounding name!)
The company state that this is a traditional “young XO”. Whilst this might seem like a contradiction in terms, it has to be placed in the context of Bache-Gabrielsen’s other expressions: they recently bottled a Hors d’Âge Cognac that contained spirit from 1917!
In practice, this is not a young XO bottling at all. Indeed, the average age of this spirit is over 10 years, some six years older than the legal requirement for an XO Cognac. The grapes for this dram were grown in the premiere crus of Grande and Petite Champagne, along with a little from the Fins Bois area.
The final product is a dram that offers notes of rich toasted nuts, dried apricots, dates, citrus rind, old oak, flowers, sandalwood, dark chocolate, salted caramel, and some baked apple.
Fruity, soft, and extremely drinkable, this is a near-perfect XO from Bache Gabrielsen.