In a move that’s sure to please a legion of American fans, Camus Cognac is poised to launch their Extra Elegance Cognac across the pond.
Having only been available in the U.S. through duty free channels, it nonetheless has been a popular product for fans of cognac blends that include very old eaux-de-vie from the regions of Cognac. Extra Elegance blends Borderies, Grande Champagne and Petite Champagne cognacs – and mostly all of those in this blend are considerable older than XO.
Camus themselves say that their Extra Elegance Cognac is the leading ‘extra’ cognac in the world – where extra is used to denote that it’s older than an XO, although officially this is the oldest grade available. It’s an extremely popular cognac in the Asian market.
This new launch is the first of several that are due to take place this year in the USA. Several of the house’s vintage cognacs are to make their debut there in the coming 12 months, including some cognacs from its Ile de Ré collection – produced from eaux-de-vie solely from this tiny cognac growing region.
USA marketing manager for Camus, David Kell, says of Camus Extra Elegance,
“The Grande Champagne eaux-de-vie provides excellent length on the palate; those from Petite Champagne give structure and firmness to the body of the cognac; those from Borderies offer a velvety texture and sweet pastry flavours.”
Camus Cognac are also well known for their presentation bottles, and Extra Elegance is no exception. Re-designed in 2005, the bottle went onto win the 2007 Pentaward for Best Luxury Bottle. Unusually, the bottle has no label or inscription, and is described by Kell as “the timeless and beautifully understated marriage of metal and glass with precise angles and soft contours.”
Camus Extra Elegance Cognac will be available to purchase for $395 for a 750ml bottle or $1000 for 1.75 litres.
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