An excellent VS Cognac from this high quality house.
François Voyer is a family run domain, based in the Grande Champagne cru, that dates back to the time of the French Revolution. Distillation has occurred since the late 1800s, and Voyer have one of the deepest and oldest cellar reserves in the industry.
Renowned for their meticulous methods, the house uses only Ugni Blanc grapes harvested from their 28 hectares of vineyards, located in Cognac’s premier cru. The area between vines is allowed to grow as wild meadow plots, which means that the vines have to work a little harder, producing more flavoursome fruit.
They are one of the last Cognac houses to continue to distil their own production. The process begins with fermentation, for which they select certain yeast strains depending on certain climatic conditions. After vinification, the spirit is distilled very slowly in traditional Charentaise stills. Interestingly, Voyer distil on the lees (or dead yeast cells) which produces a richer, more fragrant and rounded final product. All their Cognac is double distilled, and the heart of the spirit is selected in the traditional manner, by their distillers’ sense of smell!
This bottling was aged for a minimum of two years in Limousin oak casks with a medium toast. The result is a fresh and fruity Cognac that serves up notes of green apple, grapes, slight dried fruit, bright wood, a little spice, yeasty pastry, vanilla, a touch of barrel char, peaches and apricots.
A superior quality of VS, from a fascinating and impressive domain.