Leyrat

Cognac 1920 Leyrat

Très Vieux, Sélection Edgard Leyrat, Domaine Chez Maillard

Provenance: Sotheby's, 9/15/1999

Cognac 1920 Leyrat (4530)
Extremely old, single estate cognac from a small remaining batch of very ancient Cognac where the oldest cognacs in the blend date back to 1920
$ 2,749.00
Vintage 1920
Vintage text Presumed 1920's
Alcohol 43.0 %
Button Wax button
Fill level Top shoulder
Maturation Très Vieux
Packaging No casing
Shape Cognaçaise
Size 70 cl

Cognac

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.

Leyrat

Pure and Natural

Edgar Leyrat was a 4th generation Proprietaire-Recoltant - a grower-producer - whose cognacs are made exclusively from his own property from a 54 hectares. Its vineyard completed the famous triangle of the best of Fins Bois; Roullet, St.Estephe, and Claix-Blanzac. His Domaine de Chez Maillard was based on the best chalky soils of Champagne de Blanzac

Edgard Leyrat produced Napoléon (at 42% alc. vol.), Vieille Reserve(at 42% alc. vol.), XO and XO Elite (at 40% alc. vol.), Extra (45% alc. vol.) Brut de Fûts Hors d'Age at 45% Alc. vol., and Très Vieux Sélection Edgard Leyrat at 43% Alc. vol.  Leyrat cognacs in the 80s and 90s where available in 16 of the 20 three-star restaurants in France.

Edgard Leyrat  had a philosophy to sell his cognacs "Nature and Pur," No caramel should be added to give a deeper color and sweetish taste, he said  He said he was a small distiller who felt being squeezed out by the combined pressures of the banks and their preferred customers, the "grandes maisons," the big producers.  In 2005 Leyrat sold to Francis Abécassis.

Edgar Leyrat

Pure and Natural

Edgar Leyrat was a 4th generation Proprietaire-Recoltant - a grower-producer - whose cognacs are made exclusively from his own property from a 54 hectares. Its vineyard completed the famous triangle of the best of Fins Bois; Roullet, St.Estephe, and Claix-Blanzac. 

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Domaine

His Domaine de Chez Maillard was based on the best chalky soils of Champagne de Blanzac.
Edgard Leyrat produced Napoléon (at 42% alc. vol.), Vieille Reserve (at 42% alc. vol.), XO and XO Elite (at 40% alc. vol.), Extra (45% alc. vol.) Brut de Fûts Hors d'Age at 45% Alc. vol., and Très Vieux Sélection Edgard Leyrat at 43% Alc. vol. 

Domaine de Chez Maillard

Domaine de Chez Maillard

Leyrat cognacs in the 80s and 90s where available in 16 of the 20 three-star restaurants in France.

grandes maisons

Grandes maisons

Edgard Leyrat had a philosophy to sell his cognacs "Nature and Pur," No caramel should be added to give a deeper color and sweetish taste, he said he was a small distiller who felt being squeezed out by the combined pressures of the banks and their preferred customers, the "grandes maisons," the big producers. In 2005 Leyrat sold to Francis Abécassis.