Hine is launching a new innovative vintage Cognac from the house’s vineyards. The grapes originate from one of their vineyards in the Grande Champagne area near the village Bonneuil (hence the name of the Cognac!). It’s a single estate vintage cognac from the year 2005, coming from the finest growing region and consisting of the Ugni Blanc grape variety only.
Cognac Domaines Hine Bonneuil 2005 will officially be revealed next week, on September 18, before the ‘La Part des Anges’ dinner. Cognac-Expert will give you an exclusive tasting review – so watch out for our review following very soon.
As Eric Forget, Cellar Master at Cognac Hine, points out: “Everything starts by the vine”, even if this “conviction may seem a little unusual in the world of cognac, especially when the qualities of a cognac usually tend to be described according to distillation techniques, choice of barrel, length of ageing and the art of blending.” Contrary to this, the Domaines Hine Bonneuil 2005 Cognac focuses on the marriage between a single grape, the year’s harvest, and the terroir (the soil where the vine is growing). This philosophy is much closer to the idea of wine than blending a cuvée of different eaux-de-vie. It has much more to do with a celebration of the basic properties of cognac, and ultimately of nature – the grape, the sunshine, the rain, the land – and the aromas that all of these create.
Again, Eric Forget: “When the weather conditions have been just right to produce a wine of flawless quality, I am subsequently able to produce outstanding eau-de-vie. The limited selection I choose, expresses the personality and characteristics of its year of harvest.”
Thus, Domaines Hine Bonneuil 2005 is strictly limited: There are only 18 casks that were selected for bottling. Hine plan to make this a regular series in their range, expressing a deep decication to their individual vineyards and the varying harvests. For each year, Hine wants to select a different vineyard to add to this “vintage” or “single estate” collection.
Initially, Domaines Hine Bonneuil 2005 will be launched in the UK, USA, France and Russia at the beginning of October 2014 and will retails at a price of approx. 100€ per bottle of 70cl.
According to Hine, the Cognac is described as refined, fruity, delicate and rich. However, we’re looking definitely forward to provide our own tasting notes next week before forthcoming “La Part des Anges” auction.