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Camus Isle de Re Cognac (700ml)
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- ABV 40%
Camus have a precedent for marketing Cognac from 'less prestigious' appellations with some success (their Borderies XO is a favourite). This bottling from the Ile de Re is a new release, badged as "Fine Island Cognac". The island off the north west coast of Cognac is widely, and justly, considered to be one of France’s most beautiful areas. It is part of the Bois Ordinaires appellation (aka 'Bois Terroirs'), with free draining sandy soils and a maritime climate. Its vines give an early cognac mainly for local drinking, usually described as posessing "a characteristic local flavour" - which some have suggested is nothing more than a euphemism for mediocrity. Distilled on the lees to enhance the original flavors of the eaux-de-vie from which it's produced, this youthful Camus expression is then aged in an extremely damp cellar which is said to add roundness, using lightly toasted oak barrels that provide a delicate woody flavour.Tasting note: Pale gold. Perfumed bouquet opens rich, luscious and fruity with dried fig, hints of poached pear and white pepper. Second pass is slightly less lifted and emphasises a floral / honeyed note adding lemon tart and hints of cigar box. Dryish and lean on entry, building into a softly spiced, semi sweet mid palate with flavours of toasted almond, stewed pear and light honey. Concludes medium long with delicate prune and pepper in the aftertaste. 40% Alc./Vol Other reviews... Bright amber color. Aromas and flavors of honey butter and spicy peach compote with a silky, light-to-medium body and a carefree finish with notes of spiced pears, pepper, blossoms, and caramelized nuts. A tasty, easy drinking cognac with a feminine appeal. International Review of Spirits Award: Silver Medal
RATING: 88 points (Highly Recommended) - www.tastings.com