Bertrand MA 50 Cognac #11 Les Pâtissiers

Cognac Petite Champagne

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0.7 liter
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50+ years
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Maximum bottles per customer

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Tasting notes Ruben Luyten - WhiskyNotes: Score 90/100

The first one comes from Cognac Bertrand, a house that goes back to 1731 and based in the heart of Petite Champagne. In the 1960s Raymond Bertrand set aside a lot of cognacs which showed a lot of potential. This lot was Ugni Blanc, distilled ‘sur lies’ in small, wood fired stills of 8 hectolitres before being aged in fûts roux. From different barrels in this batch they assemble their own top-of-the-range ‘Héritage’ bottlings, but Pieter was able to select one single cask. It has a minimum age of 50 years.

Nose: great rancio style, with stewed fruits (apricots, ripe damsons) as well as pipe tobacco, honey and a bit of polished oak. Lovely waxy notes with some pastry sweetness. It’s a rather complex profile, later there’s also sweet Earl Grey tea, pink grapefruit peels and dried wildflowers, with a whiff of natural caramel.

Mouth: minty and spicy at first, still with this dark toffee note and a milk chocolate note before it bursts open and shows its fruity core. Oranges, apricots, yellow plums and sweet berries, in quite a jammy way. Some peppered raisins, cedar wood and herbal honey. Hints of sweet tobacco leaves. It also shows a grassy side before it starts to fade.

Finish: long, still fruity, now with grassy notes, caramelized nuts and menthol.

This one shows a great interaction of bright rancio fruits and darker, more robust spicy notes (because of the higher ABV perhaps). In general I’m not a fan of caramelized flavours but here it’s a real asset.

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