A cracking VS Cognac from artisan producers Jean-Luc Pasquet.
The Pasquet estate, found in the Grande Champagne cru of Cognac, has been in the family since 1730. In 1971, Jean-Luc Pasquet began producing Cognac at the estate with his uncle Albert, taking full ownership two years later. Jean-Luc had an ambition to create the purest and most distinct Grande Champagne terroir Cognacs, converting the estate to full organic viticulture in 1998.
The vineyard is tiny, just 7.5 hectares, and is planted with a mixture of 16% Folle Blanche, 8% Montils and 76% Ugni Blanc grapes. These grapes are hand-harvested in the traditional manner, and fermented with local yeast strains. No sulphur is used at the Pasquet estate, and wines are kept in tanks to prevent oxidation. The spirit is double distilled only during the two month distillation season, and in a traditional copper pot still (featured on the label).
Pasquet mature their Cognac in 400 litre Limousin French oak casks, perfect for adding delightful complexity to the spirit.
This bottling has been aged for a minimum of four years, double the legal requirement for VS Cognacs, and has been made with organic Ugni Blanc grapes.
The final result is a wondrously fruity and refreshing Cognac, with notes of pressed flowers, vanilla, bright sweet grapes, white peach, dried fruits, subtle mixed spice, light oak, Madeira cake and peppery warmth.
A top quality VS, a real cut above others on the market. Best enjoyed neat, but will lend a fragrant fruitiness to cocktails.