The iDealwine world of spirits (3) – Cognacs and Armagnacs

Here we present you with our magnificent selection of Cognacs and Armagnacs, carefully chosen from the most prestigious signatures of the region.

COGNACS

MAISON DELAMAIN

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This is one of the oldest Cognac houses, founded in 1762 by James Delamain and his step-brother Jean-Isaac Ranson, owner of an old Cognac exporting house. At the time, the house was called Ranson & Delamain. To this day, the house is managed by the direct descendants of the founder, Patrick Peyrelongue and his cousin Charles Braastad. After the Revolution and the Empire, Henri Delamain, James’ grandson, with his cousins (Roullet) founded Roullet & Delamain in 1824. Then, in 1920, the Delamain family became the only owner of the company and the name therefore changed to Delamain & Co. Thanks to this long family tradition, the Delamains have succeeded in establishing long-term, strong relationships with the best owner-distillers in the region, allowing them to obtain very high quality supplies from the terroir of Grande Champagne. Today, Patrick Peyrelongue – whose grandmother was a Delamain – runs the house with the same uncompromising attitude to quality, with his cousin Charles Braastad.

The house has retained its artisanal dimension, with everything still being done by hand. The Cognacs age in old oak 350-litre barrels, and each Cognac is aged separately depending on its origin and the date it was bought, aged for 18 to 24 months.

This Cognac is produced exclusively from Grande Champagne. It is delicate and elegant, with a nice roundness and harmony to it.

Vintages currently for sale on iDealwine: 1963, 1966, 1973, 1976, 1977, 1986

REMY MARTIN

In 1724, Rémy Martin, a winegrower in the Cognac region, founded his eponymous Cognac house. IT has been a family business for the past three centuries, owned by the Rémy Martin and Hériard Dubreuil families. In 1948, the brand decided to solely produce ‘Fine Champagne’ Cognacs, produced from grapes from the most sought-after vineyards in the region: Grande and Petite Champagne (each blend must contain at least 50% Eau-de-vie from Grande Champagne.

Cognac Louis XIII Rémy Martin

Louis XIII is the house’s high-end luxury cuvée. Created by Rémy Martin’s son and officially released in 1874, Louis XIII is traditionally aged in tierçons, hundred-year-old Limousin oak barrels. Its famous crystal bottle – nowadays recognized throughout the world – was inspired by a bottle found in the fields of the Battle of Jarnac.

Cognac XO Excellence Rémy Martin

Rémy Martin XO Excellence is a selection of up to 400 eaux-de-vie which allows to express the entire aromatic complexity of XO. This Cognac, produced from eaux-de-vie from Petite and Grande Champagne (respectively 15% & 85%) aged from 10 to 37 years, has exceptional aromatic richness, revealing sumptuous aromas of fig, jasmine and cinnamon.

A.E. DOR

In 1858, Amédée Edouard Dor created his own Cognac house, having searched for and collected the finest Cognacs and Eaux-de-vie. At the time, professionals dubbed him the “antique dealer of Cognac”. It’s one of the most prestigious houses in the region, and one of the few to still have eaux-de-vie left from pre-phylloxeric (1874) in their cellar, fondly known as “paradise”.

In 1951, A.E. DOR became the only producer allowed to sell Cognacs with less than 40° alcohol. The 1946 decree stated that 40° was the minimum alcohol content for the Cognac appellation, and their exemption is a recognition of the authenticity of the Très Vieilles Grandes Champagnes, which, over time, lose some of their alcohol. Jacques Rivière is now at the head of the house.

Cognac Vieille Reserve n°6 AE DOR

Cognac A.E. DOR Vieille Reserve n°6 is produced from the most prestigious cru, Grande Champagne. On the nose, superb notes of vanilla and cocoa as well as floral touches.

Cognac Vieille XO Fine Champagne AE DOR

This Cognac is a subtle blend of Grande Champagne and Petite Champagne. Light and delicate, this Fine Champagne has a complex and balanced bouquet, with nuances of flowers, honey and vine stalks.

COURVOISIER

Courvoisier was founded in Jarnac in 1836. The origins date back to 1809, when Emmanuel Courvoisier partnered with Louis Gallois, the maire of Bercy, to create a wine and eaux-de-vie trading house. In 1811, Napoléon visited the warehouses in Bercy where he was welcomed by Louis Gallois and Emmanuel Courvoisier. In 1815, legend has it that Napoléon took some bottles of Cognac on the boat which took him to Sainte-Hélène, which the English officers called “Napoléon’s Cognac”.

The house works with the four finest crus: Grande Champagne, Petite Champagne, Borderies and Fins Bois. The grapes are harvested in autumn when they are fully ripe. The wine undergoes a double distillation which lasts from November to March. Courvoisier is one of the few Cognac houses which distills on lees, lending greater richness and exceptional aromatic complexity.

Cognac Courvoisier Collection Erte n°7 – La Part des Anges

A blend of rare Grande Champagne eaux-de-vie, of which some date from the end of the 19th century. The artist Erté designed this collection, retracing the seven steps of Cognac production. This Cognac was specially blended by Jean-Marc Olivier, the house’s cellar master, exclusively from Grande Champagne, of which some of the vintage dates correspond to important dates in Erté’s life.

ARMAGNACS

MAISON DARROZE

Darroze

The Darroze house was created in the 1950s by Francis Darroze, a wine and Armagnac lover. In the 1970s, he built a cellar to age his Armagnacs. His son Marc, who had studied enology, joined him in 1996. Francis Darroze has since retired, and Marc now manages the family business single-handedly.

The house works in Bas-Armagnac. Over the years, they have gotten to know the region’s terroir and winemakers perfectly. The Darroze house works with around 40 domains, aging their Armagnacs in the family cellar for between 15 and 50 years. Contrary to many négociants, this house doesn’t blend different domains and vintages, so as to respect the identity of each terroir and each vintage. Every bottle thus carries the name of the domain, the vintage and the date it was bottled.

The cuvées currently for sale on iDealwine:

Bas-Armagnac Domaine de Barigos Darroze 1989

Bas-Armagnac Domaine de Bellair Darroze 1968

Bas-Armagnac Domaine de Lagoué Darroze 1988

Bas-Armagnac Domaine de Pounon Darroze 1987

Bas-Armagnac Domaine de la Poste Darroze 1978

The Darroze house also produces blended Armagnacs, which are full of energy and character. In the 20-year-old blend, the alcohol has already softened, and the tannins integrated.

Bas-Armagnac Les Grands Assemblages 20 ans d’âge Darroze

See all Cognacs and Armagnacs currently for sale.

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