A truly spectacular well aged Cognac from the historic estate of Bertrand.
Found in the heart of Petite Fine Champagne Cru, Bertrand is known for its famed Windmill of Bel’Air, in the centre of their tiny vineyard holdings of 82 hectares.
This spirit was laid down in the 1960s, with the then head distiller Raymond Bertrand recognised the exceptional quality of the eau-de-vie and its potential for long aging. The spirit itself was distilled from Ugni Blanc grapes grown on the distillery’s estate.
The Héritage Cognac was distilled in traditional 800 litre copper pot stills, then still direct fired by wood furnaces. The spirit was then filled into “fûts roux” or red barrels – which have held several fillings eau-de-vie before – resulting in barrels that allow oxidation and evaporation, without overwhelming the Cognac’s flavours with oak notes over many decades of aging. In such barrels the Cognac has aged for over 50 years, becoming imbued with a deep complexity.
The final result is an incredible Cognac that serves up notes of very old stewed fruits in syrup, dark chocolate, figs, quince, honey, dried pineapple and mango, polished oak and vanilla, mahogany, nutmeg, rancio, tobacco, crushed flowers, citrus rind and cloves.
Bottled at the higher proof of 49.2% ABV and without filtration, this presentation allows the spirit’s flavours to really sing.
One of the finest Cognacs on the market today, just 500 bottles were produced.