An amazing and rare treat — a cask-strength, single-cask Cognac from a genuine family producer. Gourry de Chadeville is one of the oldest Cognac houses in Grande Champagne, dating back to 1619. The cognacs coming from his wood fired still are so complex and funky that only a single cask of the pure liquid, unfiltered and at cask strength of 64.3% abv was imported to the US.
Don't let this rather high and unusual proof scare you off: a well distilled spirit that has been well aged will be integrated despite how high the proof reads on the label. Therefore we recommend you give it a chance neat, let it open up in the glass and see for yourself. Then, should you decide that it needs water or ice, by all means, go for it. This cognac will change your perception about a category that is often sleepy and undiscovered.
The nose has yellow pear, white peach, hazelnut, vanilla and orange peel notes with a hint of smoke. The palate is full, unctuous, with lots of power—a vanilla, buttery crust, apple pie element thing going on here. With some water, the nose seems sweeter, more candied orange peel and light caramel; the palate is consistent with previous notes, but the vanilla and cedar element of the wood come more to the fore. The finish is long with a buttery caramel note with moderate tannin. (from the importer)