1953 Jean Fillioux Grande Champagne 1er Cru Cognac (350ml)
This 57 year old Grande Champagne cognac is guaranteed to be one of the great spirits experiences of your drinking career. Distilled from the 1953 harvest, a highly regarded vintage when the grapes produced particularly ripe, concentrated wines with exceptional balance and harmony. Fillioux's house style tends to be light, fruit driven and elegant, however he has proven there are exceptions to that rule. This straddles a middle-ground but is undeniably profound - even from a 10ml sample - running the gamut of honey drizzled figs, nectarines, passionfruit, jasmine, cigar box and rancio on both the nose and palate in an almost ethereal fashion. Although the entry is unassuming, it unfolds in a superb 'peacock's tail' of fruity, floral, oaky flavours that are succulent, super elegant and incredibly long. You will be tasting this stunning Hors d'age cognac for minutes after the first sip. Comes presented in a heavy base bottle sealed with red wax housed in an imposing presentation box. Bottled in September 2010 with an outurn of 800 x 350ml bottles. 42% Alc./Vol.
Notes from the producer... Eye: Amber with a red glow. Nose: Teasing aromas of dried flowers, old sherry, incense, and old leather. Palate: Gingerbread, quince confit and toasted orange zest. Delightful finish with fresh hits of liquorice and sweet spices.