It’s exciting times for Cognac, with some great new products being released from some of our favorite producers. October sees the TFWA World Exhibition and Conference in Cannes, so many Cognac houses use this as a launch pad for new delights being offered to the market. Let’s take a look at what can be expected to hit the shelves in the very near future.
De Luze–24 Liters of Cognac, De Luze Extra Expression, AND Cognac Caviar
Ever innovative and humorous, Cognac De Luze (Maison Boinaud) has come up with an ingenious way to celebrate the 24th generation of family distillers. The result this time is a Cognac bottle containing 24 liters of De Luze!
Now, whatever way you look at it, that’s a lot of Cognac! How much of a stir would that cause balanced on top of your drinks cabinet? (It might need reinforcing, that’s for sure–because it weighs 79 pounds!) The bottle has been created to honor the handing over of the business from Xavier and Eric Boinaud, to their sons, Remi and Charles. A limited edition of 1,500 bottles is available for sale for around €2,000 and aimed at duty free retailers (although we wonder how you’d get this giant on a place… This will definitely interest Cognac collectors.
Maison Boinaud say that the bottle is “a symbol of dedication and boldness”. It surely is… And the Cognac within is of a Napoleon grade (which is an XO aged Cognac, a little more mature than an XO Cognac).
Find out more about the De Luze 24 Liters for 24 Generations Cognac in our online shop.
But that’s not the only delight to expect from De Luze at the Cannes TFWA.
De Luze Extra Expression Cognac
A brand new expression, De Luze Extra Expression Cognac, is to be launched, priced around €360. This Grande Champagne Cognac will be of interest to anyone who loves eaux-de-vie from the premier terroir of the region. The very reason the chalky soils produce the pinnacle of fruits to make the very best Cognacs is the taste they impart upon the grapes.
And the bottle, with its simplicity and contemporary look, has been designed to incorporate the combination between the circle, the triangle, and the square–the three origins that are one of the Buddhist signs that symbolize ‘Zen’. The triangle represents the wisdom of the 24 generations of the Boinaud family, and the actions and passion of their team. The circle is the image of ‘eternity’–the original source. Finally, the square expressed the ‘four holy foods’–that of the vine, the clay and limestone soils of the premier cru–Grande Champagne, the craftsmanship of the distillation process, and the art, quality, and maturation process of the Cognac casks.
Check out the De Luze Extra Expression Cognac in our online shop.
But hold on, there’s more…
This is one for the true Cognac fanatics (and we’re not saying that as a derogatory term, because we freely admit – heck, it’s more than that – we’re proud to say that we fall firmly into the ‘geeky’ category).
De Luze Cognac Pearls…
Little gooey ‘pearls’ made from De Luze XO Fine Champagne, reduced to 8.5% abv, and covered in a layer of thin, natural algae.” (That’s their words, not ours–perhaps the wording should be reworked slightly)
But despite the not-so-tempting description, these pearls are designed to provide a delicious Cognac touch to your culinary expertise. Use them as toppings on such dishes as foie gras or oysters. Or as a decadent addition to desserts like ice cream and gooey chocolate puddings. You could also add them to cocktails for a wonderfully contemporary twist.
Priced at €15 for 50g, they come in a little glass dish with lid. We have to say, if you like wowing folks with your cooking, then this would be a great addition to your armory of unique flavor products.
If you want some then be sure to express an interest, and we’ll see what we can do. Discover more about De Luze Cognac and Maison Boinaud.
And two brand new Cognacs from Camus…
The Camus XO Borderies Family Reserve is an exciting new offering from this largest of all the family owned Cognac houses. Being unveiled at Cannes TFWA, this single estate Cognac has been created from eaux-de-vie originating from the exclusive Borderies terroir.
Camus say of the Cognac:
It unveils the full extend of its rich array of aromas, with fruity, spicy, gourmet notes, before developing perfectly towards a finish with long-lasting floral hints.
The presentation is in a classic, decanter style bottle and presentation pack.
Check out the Camus XO Borderies Family Reserve Cognac in our online shop.
The second offering is the Camus Extra Elegance Duty Free Exclusive Edition.
This, of course, contains the same delicious Camus Extra Elegance Cognac that we know and love. However, it’s the packaging that’s new – and will only be available for travelers passing through duty free in airports around the world. The luxury packaging contains a ‘secret’ drawer that houses a beautiful and exclusive gift. And that’s the only thing that Camus are giving away – so your guess is as good as ours as to what this gift might be. A quality Cognac glass? A precious stone? At present, we don’t know. But we do know that this newly packaged Cognac will be rolled out from January 2018 in selected duty free stores.
But in the meantime, you can get your hands on the regular Camus Extra Elegance Cognac in our online shop (and we have to say, this really is a great Cognac!).
Hardy Legend 1863 Cognac
While we’re on the subject of new delicious Cognacs, be sure to make yourself aware of Hardy Legend 1863. Named after the year that Hardy Cognac was created, this Petite Champagne and Borderies Cognac is said to delight with aromas of rose petals and dates, and on the palate to hint at the richness of cappuccino and coffee.
Hardy USA President, Mark Levinson, says of the new addition to their portfolio,
This is undoubtedly the most important introduction of a new product to the Hardy line for years.
Here’s Benedicte Hardy herself, visiting Sophie and presenting the new bottle.
Larsen Extra Or Cognac
Created by Larsen’s Master Blender, Robert Andrieux, October 2017 will see the launch of Larsen Extra Or Cognac–an ultra premium XO expression.
A Fine Champagne Cognac (meaning it’s created from eaux-de vie from both Grande Champagne and Petite Champagne), and offers wonderful aromas of plumb, coffee, cocoa, and vanilla. On the palate expect hints of balsamic, spices, truffles, and brioche–this is a Cognac that offers a sensory journey, perfect for the winter months!
Jerome Durand of Larsen Cognac says:
Extra Or epitomizes the Larsen style–which is all about purity, elegance, and fruit expression–and takes it to another level.
We particularly like the bottle–once again, simplistic, stylish, and contemporary.