The Trijol history is one of measured achievement. The family originally settled as growers and distillers in St Martial Sur Né, in the heart of the Cognac region. Their first still was installed in November 1859, and since then they have built on their expertise as growers and distillers, becoming professional distillers in 1962. An independent family firm, Maxime Trijol has twenty 2,500 litre charentais pot stills and is now one of the largest distillers of cognac. The current head of the company, Jean-Jacques Trijol, is an artist, wielding his skilful palate through the process of distillation and blending, adapting— sometimes minutely—the spirit he collects from each still and varying his technique slightly depending on the harvest and the wine. In recent times the company has concentrated on releasing more of its own cognacs, which have been building a great reputation for quality. Ancestrale varies stylistically from time to time as it is a single barrel selected personally by Jean-Jacques Trijol. The characteristics will be largely determined by the location of the cellar in which the barrel was aged. The first barrel to be bottled under the Ancestrale label was a from the 1914 vintage and had been aged in a dry cellar. The result was a full bodied, rich Cognac with notes of chocolate orange. It had attained 46% abv naturally. The second barrel – and at the time of writing the current offering – was from the 1922 vintage and had been aged in a humid cellar. It is an ethereal, elegant, very feminine offering with an old church-like candle wax character; having attained 41% abv naturally it still exhibited marvelous balance.
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