2001 Grosperrin - Fins Bois Lot N. 786 - 50.8%
From Grosperrin: This vintage Cognac comes from a small farm in the Fins Bois region called “La Petite Chapelle”, located near the village of Champmillon. The two plots from which this Cognac originates are organic since 1990, and cultivated by a lady who had taken over from her father at the time and works on her own in the vines. This Cognac aged in a small cellar, on beaten earth. The walls were half buried in the ground and the casks could not be taken out with the eau de vie inside as the door was sealed and blocked off. We had to enter the cellar through the window and pump the batch into a tank.
Notes: Super fresh on the nose - grassy, fresh plant cuttings, fresh blueberries, honeyed florals. The palate is weighty, but aside from the honey returning most of the notes play high - fresh berries again, peach, black tea, florals. Well balanced. Medium length on the finish.
Score: 7 (Recommend) There's a slight disconnect between the weight on the palate and how active the top notes are. It felt like notes were ghosting lower on the palate even though there was nice weight and a honey base. That said - great example of young, fresh, distillate driven cognac.
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