In 1941, Raymond Ragnaud took over the family business, which had been going since 1860. At the time it was a very small vineyard, which produced a high-quality spirit. Raymond oversaw the expansion of the business, yet the vineyard remains only a modest 47 hectares, in some of the best quality farmland in the Grande Champagne cru. The company remains family owned, with Frangoise Ragnaud-Bricq now running the distillery and vineyard in partnership with the cellar master.
This particular bottling is a testament to the wonderful quality of this family-owned distillery. A vintage bottling, this is produced of one year’s grape harvest and one single year’s distillation. Like all Raymond Ragnaud bottlings, this has been created from grapes grown exclusively in the Grande Champagne premier cru, widely regarded as the finest cru in the entire Cognac region. Raymond Ragnaud 1991 was bottled on 23rd October 2008, having spent 17 years in oak casks in the Maison’s cellar. This Cognac opens with a full and fragrant nose, illustrating the best of Grande Champagne: aromas of leather, plums, sweet grapes, chalk and cigar smoke dominate. The palate is rich, with a thick mouthfeel, with cherries, toffee, plums and grapes taking hold. A little cigar smoke returns here too, with delicious floral flavours and a hint of salty earth. The finish lingers with smoke, earth and oaky woodspice. Truly a phenomenal bottling, with an old-school minimalist design that lets the spirit do the talking!