A top-notch Hors D’Age release from Raymond Ragnaud. Raymond Ragnaud are a family owned company that has been in business since 1860. They own a small vineyard of 47 hectares of some the best farmland in the Grand Champagne cru. This cru is recognised as the finest in the Cognac region, and indeed, Raymond Ragnaud produce all their cognac from grapes grown in the cru. As such, their spirit is of a consistently superb quality.
This Cognac has been aged for no less than 35 years in oak casks in the Maison’s cellar, developing a fantastic balance of power and complexity over the years. On the nose this Cognac brings dark, oaky aromas that indicate its age. A little sweet grape arises after a time, followed by heady woodspice note of star anise and a little earthy minerality indicating the terroir of the spirit. The palate is dense, chewy and displays cask, spirit and terroir at their best. An oily, slightly flinty mouthfeel immediately greets the drinker – classic Grande Champagne. Raisins, prunes and glacé cherries take the fore, accompanied by the same thick oak paneling notes of the nose. On the finish, a drying woodspice takes old, as the Cognac leaves a waxy, oily feel. This is doubtless a top quality Cognac, and one that allow serious Cognac drinkers have to try.