Cognac 1830 Château de Puybautier
Provenant du 'Paradis', Petit-Gontier a Rancogne, Famille Vallantin
Provenance: Demade Bernay, 11/7/1998
This Cognac is part of the private owned distillers “Paradis” (Paradise) Petit-Gontier at Rancogne, near Villeneuve-de-Mons in the Fins Bois. The paradise is a special section of the cellar where the distillers or Cognac houses store their oldest and most precious eau de vie. In a paradise, as the one at the Château Puybautier, there are rows of dusty barrels containing ancient eau de vie of 40, 50 or even 70 years old, which are slowly maturing. The oldest eau de vie are stored in the demijohns, large glass flagons in wicker baskets, the eau de vie inside the demijohns are sometimes over a century old. Unlike our heavenly paradise where we go when we pass away, le Paradis is where the Cognac goes waiting to be born.
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Renowned throughout the world, the production of Cognac has been regulated by its very own AOC since 1909. Only liqueurs from eaux-de-vie made from crus from the controlled appellation area of Cognac can be labelled as such. This liqueur must be distilled and aged on-site in compliance with authorised techniques: double distillation in a copper Charentais still, ageing in oak barrels for a set minimum ageing period.
A good Cognac is subjected to a complex manufacturing process. It is never made from the eau-de-vie of a single cru, but from a `marriage' of eaux-de-vie that vary in age and cru - some as old as a hundred. To establish the age of a Cognac, only the number of years spent in oak casks or barrels are taken into account. As soon as an eau-de-vie is decanted into a glass recipient, it ceases to age. The longer it is left to age, the more a Cognac gains in complexity, fragrance, aromas and taste (spiced, pepper and cinnamon flavours).
Please note that only Cognacs made exclusively from Petite and Grande Champagne (50% minimum) can use the "Fine Champagne" appellation.