For our cousins across the pond, Camus Cognac has an exciting range of limited edition vintage cognacs that will be launched this autumn. Every cognac house is going more and more towards vintage strategies.. so Camus won’t be the last one to react.
All are certified single vintages ranging from 1964 to 1989, each bottled directly from the cask and individually numbered. Camus, a family owned cognac house and the fifth largest in the world, are particularly proud of this vintage selection. The range is headed by the flagship product – the Pionneau 1969. Camus took over the house of Pionneau in the latter part of the 1960s, and less than 5,000 bottles of this were produced. Each bottle is numbered and hand signed.
The complete range consists of the following:
Pionneau 1969 – a rare vintage, exceptionally concentrated with notes of blackcurrants and candied plums. When Camus took over Pionneau in the year of this vintage, they promised to “offer exceptional cognacs under the name of Pionneau or offer nothing at all.”
Camus 1964 – with only three cases still in existence, this silky vintage from Petite Champagne is a true rarity to come to the market.
Camus 1970 – traces of lime and blackcurrant are apparent in this exceptional year of harvest. It was in this year that the weather smiled down, creating fruits that were transformed into outstanding eaux-de-vie.
Camus 1971 – once again, a sublime year for the harvest. The 1971 vintage from Grande Champagne has scents of jasmine and liquorice.
Camus 1974 – a cognac created from the fruits of Petite Champagne, bordering both the Fin Bois and Grande Champagne regions.
Camus 1980 – a Grande Champagne cognac from the year of one of the smallest harvest yields in the history of cognac. Cold weather, including frosts during harvest time, saw the grape crop all but killed off. The cognacs of this unusual year have a robust and rugged taste, with a medley of surprise aromas.
Camus 1988 – from the region of Petite Champagne. Early wet weather followed by sun created a delicate, lemony eaux-de-vie with a hint of pepper giving it that extra va-va-voom!
Camus 1989 – an early harvest means this blend of two Petite Champagne regions produced a well-rounded cognac with hints of plum and vanilla. Exceptionally smooth for a cognac of this age.
But of course, such treasures command a high price tag, and if you want to purchase one you’re going to need to spend out between $250 US and $1.250 US per bottle.