We’re thrilled that Hervé from the Cognac brand of Bache-Gabrielsen, a huge supporter of ours since the early days of Cognac-Expert, has agreed to share a range of his Cognacs with our readers at a one-off discounted rate. Some of them are not even available on the market. This is an amazing opportunity, especially considering that you can’t get your hands on this beautiful products in many parts of the world.
Cognac Bache-Gabrielsen, originally founded in 1905 is a family-run business that is now in its fourth generation. You may be surprised by the non-French sounding name? The reason behind this is that Thomas Bache-Gabrielsen, the founder of the Cognac house came from Norway.
His father ran one of the largest spirits and alcohol businesses in the country. In 1903, as a young man, Thomas’ love for the great wide world brought him to Cognac, where he would settle, have a family, and start his own Cognac house.
With Hervé, Thomas’ great-grandson, taking the family heritage to the next millennium, the brand has undergone a fascinating development. Anyone who appreciates modern beauty and minimal design will love these bottles. Their look makes drinking Cognac just that much more enjoyable. But let’s not fool you, what’s inside the bottles is also of outstanding quality!
When we visited Hervé some time ago, he showed us around their magnificent buildings in the center of the town of Cognac, where Bache-Gabrielsen’s cellars lie and where their Cognac is blended and bottled. The building has the typical charm of the Charente region, with the black “angel’s share” adorning its walls. When you see these black sandstone walls in and around Cognac, it’s pretty safe to assume that there’s aging eau-de-vie around the corner.
During our visit, we could taste the range of Cognacs, including some incredible vintages from 1971 and 1973. Not to mention the Bache-Gabrielsen 1992 vintage…
Bache Gabrielsen collaborates with a variety of Cognac growers in the region. This is an interesting approach, because it allows them to source all sorts of different vintages from the different growing areas. It means they are not solely tied to their own yearly harvest from their own vineyards, but can vary the blends by sourcing from different producers.
This is a dream for any master blender, you can pick and chose aromas as they suit the character of the blend you are trying to concoct. This comes to show in the large variety of Bache-Gabrielsen’s range. From single estate and vintage Cognacs to extra old blends and an incredibly complex Family Hors d’Age, the brand offers something suitable for every palate.
Cognac Bache-Gabrielsen prides itself with its Scandinavian tradition, making this Cognac house a little different to other houses. We love the lightness with which they deliver their philosophy. And we entirely share Hervé’s sense for innovation. He understands that Cognac has to reach beyond the French borders, and also speak to people of his generation.