Cognac Ragnaud Sabourin Alliance No.20 Resérve Spéciale, Grande Champagne 43%

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Cognac Ragnaud Sabourin Alliance No.20 Resérve Spéciale – in this case Alliance No.20 signifies a blend of cognacs at least 20 years old.

The Ragnaud-Sabourin family owns one of the most prestigious private estates in Grande Champagne and certainly have a grand history. The estate was established in 1850 by Gaston Briand, one of the first in the region to push for an establishment of recognised crus. In 1941 a split took place in the Ragnaud family, and one brother, Raymond Ragnaud, set off on his own. The other brother, Marcel Ragnaud, went on to develop Cognac Ragnaud-Sabourin and establish the house as one of the finest in Cognac.

Today the 50 hectare Domaine La Voûte is run by three descendants, from grandmother to granddaughter: Denise, Annie and Patricia Ragnaud-Sabourin. Together they oversee the vines, which stretch across the chalky slopes of Ambleville in the heart of Cognac’s premier cru region, Grande Champagne. They are also wholly responsible for all aspects of production and ageing, always determined to produce limited quantities of the highest quality.

The soils of Grande Champagne, considered by many to be the finest Cognac Cru are characterised by a clayey, chalky thin soil on top of soft chalk from the Cretaceous. From the surface down, the limestone content is very high. This combined with the local climate and a particular variety of Folle Blanche combine to produce fine, light and floral Cognac. The vineyards are planted with 90% Ugni Blanc and 10% of the much rarer Folle Blanche.

The Cognacs at Ragnaud Sabourin are distilled at the estate modern distillery following the specific, traditional, two- stage method in a traditional Charentais pot still. After distillation the eaux-de-vie are quietly matured in French oak barrels in the family’s cellars. The family hold 15 to 17 times the volume yearly sales which gives them greater control over the blends that are produced by the master blender.

Cognac Ragnaud Sabourin Alliance No.20 has been aged for at least 20 years in French oak casks, giving it a real complexity, depth of flavour and rounded character.

Tasting Notes

Cognac Ragnaud Sabourin Alliance No.20 shows deep bronze and topaz colour.

The nose is subtle with hints of roasted hazelnuts, almonds and nougat.

The body is full and supple and the mouth feel is round, creamy, showing a nutty dried fruit taste along with hints of wood spice, toffee and balsamic notes.

Thanks to a higher proof of 43% ABV, the finish is long, deep with a beautiful lingering oxidation note.

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