1992 Grosperrin Cognac - Bon Bois - 51.5%
From Grosperrin: This vintage Cognac comes from a fruit producing estate in Saintonge. They started in 1971 with 10 hectares of Apple trees and now count over 100 hectares of different
varieties of fruit trees, and only a few hectares of vines. This rustic terroir, mostly clay, has not a good reputation when it comes to making wine. Nevertheless, if the vines are well taken care of, the distillation carefully handled and the aging process closely watched, then the Cognacs develop a specific character, powerful yet balanced, and valued by amateurs.
The Bon Bois cru is often characterized as reaching maturity faster and delivering a bold profile, making it an ideal ingredient in the blending process.
Notes: The nose is a blend of soft baking notes (sugar cookies and cake) and fresh/green notes: plant clippings, jasmine. Notes are clear but on the delicate side. Different experience on the palate. Big attack and structure. Floral, grassy, slightly medicinal, underripe stone fruits along with golden raisins. Fully bodied, well grounded for the sharper top notes. Still a little hot. Salinity underneath, providing effective connective tissue. Long in the finish.
Score: 7 (Highly Recommend) Love the definition and power here, especially along notes that can also be described as delicate.
Pour This For: The lighter but powerful style would also play well for fans of high proof, continentally-aged Guyana pot still rum (Port Mourant).
10 - Reevaluate The Budget
9 - Stash Two (If Able)
8 - Stash One (At The Right Price)
7 - Highly Recommend It To Strangers
6 - Solid - Above Average
5 - Acceptable For The Situation
4 - Not Vocally Complaining
3 - Anything Else To Drink?
2 - Nothing Nice To Say
1 - Drain Pour