A superb VSOP Cognac from esteemed producer Jean-Luc Pasquet.
The Pasquet estate has been in the family since the early 18th century. The estate is found in the Grande Champagne cru of Cognac, and Jean-Luc began producing Cognac with his uncle in 1971, taking full control a couple of years later. Jean-Luc wanted to create Cognacs that were faithful to the distinct terroir of Grande Champagne, and converted the estate to a fully organic viticulture in 1998.
The vineyard itself is just 7.5 hectares, and is planted with a mixture of 8% Montils, 16% Folle Blanche, and 76% Ugni Blanc grapes. The Pasquet estate maintain traditional methods, hand harvesting their grapes, fermenting with local yeast and avoiding the use of sulphur. During the two month distillation season, the spirit is double distilled in a traditional copper pot still (which you can see on the label). It is then aged in 400 litre Limousin French oak casks.
This VSOP has been matured for 7 years, longer than the legal requirement (4 years).
More citrussy and floral than the VS, this dram serves up notes of orange rind and tangerine, alongside elderflower, orange blossom, raisins, figs, canned peaches, sweet grapes, cinnamon, dried fruits, a little fig and a touch of honey.
A perfect balance between the oak and the fruit, this is an expertly poised VSOP.