Introducing: Pierre Lecat Cognac

Pierre Lecat Cognac may be a new cognac brand - with the first bottles arriving earlier this year - the history of their cognac, however, dates back some eighty years and is very much a family affair. The family-owned farm in Saint Fraigne has supplied quality eaux-de-vie to some of the major cognac houses since the 1970s. Yet during all these years they have also kept and aged their stock in their own cellars. The concept for their own brand,...
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Cognac with an Attitude: A Visit at Léopold Gourmel

When it comes to having an extraordinary reputation, an evocative name and the production of high quality cognacs in a low volume, then Cognac Leopold Gourmel certainly ticks all the boxes. The house was founded in 1972, and being a Cognac producer myself, I certainly am aware of this renowned brand. But up until recently, I’d never had the opportunity to taste it. Last week at Genté in Charente, I had the privilege of meeting up with the founder and...
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Introducing: Dobbé Cognac

It was in the late 18th century when the Dobbé family acquired their first vineyards and began the production of their very first Cognac. What followed these first tentative steps was the development of their knowledge and craftsmanship in the creation of quality eaux-de-vie. This knowledge has been passed down and now spans eight generations. Thus, one of the remarkable things about Dobbé Cognac is that to this day they remain a classic family brand in every sense of the...
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Review: Martell Caractère

Some time ago we reported about the Martell Caractère, a new blend by Martell  that’s being launched only in California, USA. And now we’ve had the chance to taste it, with the following results. Product notes The first thing you're confronted with is the bottle: a slim design, but somewhat keen and bold – apparently a reference to the company's founder, Jean Martell. But before we even get to the tasting, we have two probing questions that we’d like to understand. 1) Is this a VS...
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Introducing: Château de Plassac Cognac

Château de Plassac: this name denotes an impressive chateau, built by the architect Victor Louis, who also designed the plans for the Palais Royal in Paris, as well as the Grand Theatre in Bordeaux. Inextricably linked with the Dampierre Family, who settled in the region of Cognac during the 18th century, moving to produce cognac, wine and Pineau des Charentes towards the end of the 19th century, this name denotes an old-established spirits production, too. Thus, the name of Château de Plassac...
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