Bertrand Heritage - Batch 1 - 49.2%
Fine Drams marketing copy: This spirit was laid down in the 1960s, with then head distiller Raymond Bertrand recognizing the exceptional quality of the eau-de-vie and its potential for long aging. The spirit itself was distilled from Ugni Blanc grapes grown on the distillery’s estate.
The Héritage Cognac was distilled in traditional 800 litre copper pot stills, then still direct fired by wood furnaces. The spirit was then filled into “fûts roux” or red barrels – which have held several fillings eau-de-vie before – resulting in barrels that allow oxidation and evaporation, without overwhelming the Cognac’s flavours with oak notes over many decades of aging. In such barrels the Cognac has aged for over 50 years
Notes: The third Bertrand that I've tried. On the nose, all three have had a wonderful balance of freshly baked brownies and fruit. More of the same here - brownies and berries. Plenty of wood and baking spice layered in as well. Full and round on the palate. Old oak provides structure and wood spice. Bright/tart berries lead and more tropical notes (kiwi )hanging around the edges. The finish is long and grounded with dried apples and dark chocolate.
Score: 9 (Stash Two) Everything here is rolling and controlled - gentle but active. Even the tart fruits, spice, and tannins play soft. An absolutely crowd pleaser. Everyone I had the privilege of sharing this with raved.
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