A top notch Cognac from this family run business.
The Ragnaud family can trace their distilling history back to 1860. The business was moved to the Chateau de Ambleville in the 1920s, by Paul Ragnaud. Paul’s son, Raymond, took over the business, and began to bottle and sell from his large stock of aged Cognac.
Raymond reinvested in the family’s vineyard holdings, expanded to a (still rather modest) 47 hectares. Their holdings are extremely well placed, however, located around Criteul, Ambleville, and Lignieres-Sonneville on the sun-soaked hills of the Grande Champagne cru – known for producing some of the finest grapes for Cognac.
Raymond’s daughter, Françoise Ragnaud-Bricq, has now managed the business for over 30 years, continuing the traditions and methods installed by her father and grandfather.
This bottling has been aged for over 20 years in French Limousin oak casks. The Cognac offers up flavours of cedarwood, tobacco leaf, figs, citrus fruit, pineapple, dark spiced oak, vanilla, pressed flowers, rancio, dried apricot, sultanas, cloves, and nutmeg.
Less of a bruiser than many XO Cognacs, Raymond Ragnaud Reserve Rare Cognac is elegant and refined.