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Review: Prunier 20 Year

1999 Prunier 20 yr. Cognac (1970-1999) - 40%

According to the back label, this was a 1970 distillation bottled in 1999 under their 20 year label. So it looks like we got almost a decade's worth of bonus aging here. As a negociant, the company's marketing emphasis is on their large collection of aged stocks, aging, and blending skill, leaning on their 250 year history and teasing a legendary underground river that flows beneath their cellars perhaps contributing to the house style.

Notes: Jammy fruits and burnt sugars everywhere. Rich caramel. Cherry cordial. Candied nectarines. Cedar. Leather. Very concentrated on the front of the palate with dried, candied fruits and sweets. Fat and round up front, then the oak quickly dries things out for a short and clean finish.

Score: 7 (Recommend) Structure here could use some work - borderline flabby upfront on the palate and a little too lean and dry on the back with transitions that move a little too abruptly. That said - plenty to enjoy here.


Rating System

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

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