A saucy number from Jean Fillioux Cognac! This was created in tribute to the distillery’s history – marking over 100 years of top quality Cognac production from this traditional house of the region. The Cognac is named Moulin Rouge after the infamous nightclub in Paris, founded around the same time as this Cognac house, and the packaging features its famous windmill. This is a Cognac made entirely out of grapes from the celebrated Grande Champagne cru, widely regarded as the finest of all Cognac’s premier crus (Champagne here does not refer to the famous sparkling wine region, but derives from an older French term meaning “chalky soil”). Rarely are Cognacs bottled from just one cru, so this is a wonderful opportunity to experience the difference this makes, and get to grips with a single-cru product. Being an XO Cognac, this eau-de-vie must have rested for at least 6 years in French Oak casks.
This is a tremendously dark and fully flavoured Cognac. The nose provides wonderful aromas of woodspice, vanilla bean, citrus rind, honeysuckle, tropical fruit and old sweet wine. The palate is rich in mouthfeel, with a thick vanilla custard note, a touch of sweet bananas, dense oak paneling and toasted spices. The finish lingers with exquisite dried fruits and sweet grapes that last and last. An ideal after dinner dram.