A delectable Cognac, created to honour a titan of the industry, Bernadette Grimaud.
Grimaud took over management of her father’s Bouteville vineyards, located in the Grande Champagne cru in 1974. Grimaud was a pioneer and remains an inspirational figure for women in the Cognac industry.
Grimaud began with just 15 hectares of Ugni Blanc vines, and was able to modestly increase this by three hectares. She produced her spirit in a 1500 litre copper pot still, which was fired with charcoal pellets. Grimaud made her Cognac using manual harvest and native yeast fermentation, distilling in her small still to produce singularly delicious spirits.
This bottling includes some spirit from Grimaud’s very first grape harvest in 1974.
The result is a beautifully citrussy and fragrant Cognac, with notes of caramelised fruits, flowers, blueberries, white grapes, peach, earthy spice, triple sec, vanilla, oak, melons, bergamot, slight chocolate, cedar, and a touch of sweet cigar smoke.
An astonishing achievement, and a fitting tribute to one of the most important women in the Cognac industry.
Bottled at 44.8% ABV, this is a satisfyingly full bodied dram.