Hine Rare VSOP Cognac (700ml)
The House of Hine stands on the banks of the River Charente, deep in Cognac country. It is one of the oldest houses in Jarnac with over 250 years of history. Their VSOP 'Rare' is produced from over 25 Cognacs from both the Grand Champagne and Petit Champagne regions. In the latter, the slight difference in soils produces Cognacs close in style to Grande Champagne, but without the finesse. When Cognacs from the two appellations are blended, with at least half the Cognac coming from Grande Champagne, the result is permitted to be called "Fine Champagne Cognac".
Tasting note: Brassy gold colour. Mild, attractive scents include honey, ripe apricot and orange rind notes. With further aeration, a suggestion of liquorice bullets emerges. In the mouth, it begins soft, light and medium dry before a gentle spicy wave develops building depth, but an overall sense of lightness is maintained. Dried apricot, orange pith and vanilla flavours are nicely balanced with a refreshing, clean, dry finish. Delicately spiced, dried apricot and vanilla aftertaste. Very pleasant VSOP but lacks the power and persistence you would expect at the price point. 40% Alc./Vol.
Other reviews... Mild, light aromas of tropical fruit and parchment. Palate entry displays a nut-like opening taste, then at midpalate there’s an expanding profile that includes oaky vanillin, young spirit and pear drop. Concludes austere and thin. 80-84 points Tasted 4/1/2004 - wineenthusiast.comsize>