A marvellous single vintage Cognac from 1980, bottled by Grosperrin.
This spirit was distilled in 1980 at a small estate, which had been in family operation since 1930. The vineyard is found in the commune of Sante Sévère, which sits right on the edge of the Borderies and Fins Bois crus. Sante Sévère has rare clay-rich soil with traces of flint, assisting drainage and producing finer wine grapes.
The 1980 vintage is one that has lived long in the memory, with the harvest season coinciding with a particularly cool winter, reaching as low as -10Cº. Indeed, it is locally remembered as the ‘vendanges en moufles’, or ‘harvest with muffles (mittens)’. Nevertheless, the efforts of the growers and producers ensured the harvest was successful, and 1980 Cognacs are now highly sought after.
The Cognac itself is an excellent rendition of the Fin Bois cru, with a well rounded aroma, that brings subtle notes of sweet spice, ginger bread and dried flowers. The palate is full-bodied and bright, with tangy grapes, apples, pears, a little flint, black pepper, fresh flowers, and rich sweet oak.
Another fabulous Grosperrin pick, that benefits from its 53.3% ABV.