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Paul Giraud VSOP Cognac (700ml)
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- ABV 40%
The Giraud family have been growing grapes around France since 1650, yet only decided to produce Cognac under their own name in the 1980s. A long time associate of Giraud informed us "Giraud became frustrated selling his thirty-five year old cognacs to Remy-Martin. His cognac was destined to become a part of the blend, Louis XV [currently selling for around A$2000.] This was a very brave move during such times - he was one of the first to do so, but we are thankful he did, he paved the way for many more to come."
The VSOP is an eight year old expression produced from Ugni Blanc, Folle Blance and Colombard grapes grown on the Giraud family's vineyards located in the heart of Grande Champagne.
Tasting note: Pale gold with pale straw hue. Ripe, lifted stone fruit aromas, in particular apricot and pear over some heavier dried fig scents with a touch of anise emerging. The light to medium bodied palate offers soft, semi sweet flavours of dried fruits with a touch of honey before turning dry. Very soft, smooth and gently warming mouthfeel. Peppery, spicy, cedary oak aftertaste with a subtle dried fig fade. A good lighter style. 40% Alc./Vol.
Other reviews...soft aromas of clay, white grapes, and banana; aeration fails to further develop the bouquet, which is disappointing. Palate entry is medium-bodied, satiny and properly toffee-like; midpalate tastes include oak, sawdust, white raisins, figs and almonds. Ends well with good fruit-acid balance and elegance. 85-89 points. Very Good/Recommended - www.wineenthusiast.comsize>