Review: H by Hine VSOP Cognac
H by Hine VSOP Cognac is blended from twenty young eaux-de-vie from the Petite Champagne and Grande Champagne crus. Each is aged for a minimum four years in lightly charred wood barrels. The history of this house dates back to 1791 when a young Englishman set out from his native Dorset to learn the secrets of how cognac, his fathers favorite tipple is produced. He had just turned 16. Soon after arriving he was imprisoned at Chateau de Jarnac while fleeing the French Revolution. He remained sequestered for several months, but later married Francoise-Elisabeth, the daughter of his host. In 1817 Thomas Hine gave his name to this house established on the banks of the Charente in 1763.The aroma is floral, apple, grape, peach, oak, apricot, raisin, baking spice, and toffee. The juicy entry has grape, apple, and peach flavor. Apricot, oak, and vanilla arrive at the midpoint. It fades with baking spice, cherry, and raisin flavor. The finish is warm, dry, oaky, and floral, with grapefruit rind, vanilla, and a mild peppery alcohol sting, leaving a chocolate flavored aftertaste. H by Hine VSOP has the full fruit profile of a young cognac, and while the finish is dry, the oak taste is subtle.
Award: Gold Medal