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Review: Camus Borderies XO Cognac

Camus Borderies XO Cognac was first released in 2000.  Camus cognac has been produced by five generations of the Camus family since 1863 when Jean Baptiste Camus organized a group of producers to sell cognac under the brand La Grande Marque.  Cyril Camus currently leads the company and he also developed Camus Borderies XO Cognac.  Produced mainly from the most prized vines in Domaines Camus Estates, the wine is distilled on the lees.  Borderies XO is a single-growth extra old cognac having been aged in Limousin oak barrels for over six years.     Read more »


Review: D’usse VSOP Cognac

D’usse VSOP Cognac, pronounced dew-say was launched by Bacardi in NYC May 2012.  Jay-Z is their celebrity endorser.  D’usse was created by Cellar Master Michel Casavecchia who has spent over 20 years creating cognac for Chateau de Cognac.  Chateau de Cognac is where Baron Otard Cognac is made.  The Chateau was originally built as a fortress to resist the Viking and English invasions at the end of the 11th century.  In the 15th century Jean de Valois rebuilt the Chateau.  Baron Otard established his cognac house in 1795 when he acquire the chateau.  The eaux de vie selected for D’usse VSOP Cognac are aged in a combination of dry and humid cellars.  The blends of eaux de vie come from four crus including Grande Champaign, Petite Champaign, Borderies, and Fin Bois.  Each is aged a minimum 4 1/2 years.  The unique D’usee VSOP Cognac bottle includes a gold Cross of Lorraine, Frances fabled emblem of courage, honor, and perseverance.  The Chateau de Cognac also produces D’usse XO Cognac. Read more »


Review: Camus Borderies VSOP Cognac

Camus Borderies VSOP Cognac is a Limited Edition cognac crafted in 2014 by Cellar Master Patrick Leger.  Camus can trace its history back to 1863 when Jean-Baptiste Camus organized a consortium of cognac producers under the name La Grande Marque.  For five generations the Camus family has worked with boundless passion and patience to craft remarkable cognac.  The wine used to create Camus Borderies VSOP comes from a blend of white grapes, primarily Ugni Blanc Grapes, predominantly grown on the Camus family’s own Borderies vineyards.  Borderies cru is the smallest of the six winegrowing regions of Cognac.  The Camus family is the largest land owner in the Borderies appellation, where le Plessis, their family home lies.  To achieve a delicate balance between scientific precision and artistic flair the master distiller crafted a subtle blend of wines, some with and some without lees.  The eaux-de-vie is aged for a minimum of 4 years in Limousin oak barrels prior to blending.  Read more »


Review: Remy Martin VSOP Cognac

Remy Martin VSOP Cognac was created in 1927 by Remy Martin Cellar Master Andre Renaud.  It was the first VSOP Fine Champaign.  Remy Martin was founded in 1724 by Remy Martin.  Only grapes grown in The Grande Champaign and Petite Champaign regions of Cognac are used in crafting Remy Martin Cognac.  The grape blend is predominately Ugni Blanc grapes, with a touch of Colombard and Folle Blanche grapes.  Remy Martin owns four domains in Grande Champagne totaling 240 hectacres.  This accounts for 4% of the eaux-de-vie needed.  The balance comes from an alliance of roughly 1000 winemakers.  The grapes are gently pressed and the juice is left to ferment for 5-7 days.  It is distilled in small copper stills.  Each batch is distilled twice.  After each distillation the heads and tails are discarded.  Each year over 1000 winegrowers submit their eaux-de-vie for selection.  The Remy Martin tasting committee selects from over 2000 samples.  Those selected eaux-de-vie are stored in the cellars for aging in oak casks sourced from trees over 100 years old grown in the Limousin forest.  The Remy Martin cellars in Merpins store 140,000 casks.  Each cellar has a slightly different temperature and humidity, fine tuning the aging environment.  The Cellar Master then blends the casks of varying age so there wont be any difference between a bottle of Remy Martin VSOP purchased in 2007 and 2017.  Read more »