Camus Cognac is the fifth largest cognac house, after the ‘big four.’ However, it has some major differences to the mighty Hennessy, Martell, Remy and Courvoisier – not the least that it’s a family run affair.
But what makes them so unique is the location of their vineyards. Everyone is familiar with the Grande Champagne and Petite Champagne areas, along with Fin Bois, but all of the Camus land is in Les Borderies – and area that makes up only 5 per cent of the total cognac growing area.
It was a bold move, placing their faith completely in this area, but one that has paid off. The area boasts a wide variety of micro-climates, and these lead to distinctly different flavours and aromas in the cognacs produced. One such area is the Ile de Re – an area that has shrunk in vineyards as it became a fashionable holiday area for the rich. However, the soil here is a wonderful mixture of organic marine matter and decayed kelp – and this leads to a deliciously different flavour of grape.
These grapes are then created into two very unique cognacs – the Ile de Re Double Matured, and the Ile de Re Cliffside Cellar. As the latter’s name suggests, it’s aged in a cellar with marine exposure, giving a unique and distinctly salty tang. Sorry to our American readers, but these are not currently available in the US – although we can live and hope.
Camus have made their name through being different, and blazing a brave and innovative approach towards cognac production. It’s certainly proving to be successful, and we can surely expect more from this vibrant cognac house.