The return of Frédéric Mestreau is likely to be welcomed by Cognac fans around the world.
This Cognac house was originally founded in 1808, and had a superb reputation for producing some of the finest Cognac in the industry. By the mid 19th century, Mestreau spirits were popular in the United States, England and Russia. Unfortunately, the company closed their doors in 1919, the economic burdens of the First World War proving too much.
Mestreau would have remained a footnote history, were it not for Guilhem Grosperrin, the director of Grosperrin Cognac and an avid collector of old and rare spirits. Guilhem snagged a small, and extremely rare, collection of Mestreau bottlings from the 19th century, which allowed him to profile the company’s spirit and resurrect the brand using modern eaux-de-vie that matched the Mestreau identity.
This bottling itself is a blend of high quality eaux-de-vie that has been aged in French oak for a minimum of 4 years, though in practice they often contain much older spirit.
Grosperrin’s Mestreau VSOP serves up notes of dried fruits, pressed flowers, slight beeswax, vanilla, bright oak, toffee, mixed spice, apples, green grapes and a touch of flintiness.
An excellent drop from a superb producer.