We move over to France. The Whisky Agency recently bottled two cognac expressions, this Petite Champagne 1973 vintage and another much older, much more limited release.
Cognac Petite Champagne
42 yo 1973 (49%, The Whisky Agency 2016, 483 btl.)
Nose: excellent fruitiness with elegant, aromatic polished woods. Apricot jam, cinnamon pastry, lots of blood oranges and hints of leather. Beeswax. Cigar boxes. Hints of herbal honey. Very rounded and sexy.
Mouth: great. Very elegant and fruity again – I cannot not think of the very fruity Vallein-Tercinicer style (though this should be a different house, from what I’ve heard). Oranges and tangerines, apricots, plums, hints of mango. Then some honey, ginger, eucalyptus and mint. Just some herbal notes and echoes of cough syrup in the end.
Finish: long, half fruity, half herbal. Warm spices.
Very luscious, elegant and fruity cognac. Now it wasn’t cheap (around € 290) but this is simply excellent. More of this, please, dear German friends?