Another excellent Cognac from family-owned company Raymond Ragnaud. This fine old house of Cognac has been in the business since 1860, and has an unerring commitment to quality: they only use grapes grown in the Grande Champagne cru, thought to be the best of all Cognac’s premier crus. This brilliantly bright-coloured Cognac (Raymond Ragnaud use no artificial colouring) tastes as good as it looks. On the nose the spirit brings a delicate nutty aroma, with some floral notes and a little light tobacco smoke. The palate is equally gentle, with a buttery-yet-juicy mouthfeel, and a wonderful grape character throughout. A little spice: cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla, suggests the excellent provenance of oak casks, and rounds the palate off nicely. The finish is short, sweet and spicy, with some more oaky vanilla notes. This blended Cognac has an average age of 7 years, giving it a wonderful balance of youth and maturity. Top stuff, and a great option as a daily drinker.