Cognac Ragnaud Sabourin Alliance No.35 Fontvieille, Grande Champagne 43%


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Cognac Ragnaud Sabourin Alliance No.35 Fontvieille is a blend of cognacs at least 35 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.35 Fontvieille is a blend of 60% Ugni Blanc and 40% Folle Blanche and Colombard – the balanced blend of the 3 Cognac grape varieties lends Fontvieille exceptional charm.

Fontvieille is named after the oldest plots of the Ragnaud-Sabourin estate.

Tasting Notes

The subtle mahogany tones of Cognac Ragnaud Sabourin Alliance No.35 lead to hints of honey and bronze.

The nose is complex and varied: nectarine, pears and wine grapes give way  to roasted nuts, liquorice and linden.

The palate is thick and mouth filling with a bouquet of candied fruit, waxy orange and apricot, beeswax, spice and honey with a subtle balance between sweetness and dryness. The heart reveals notes of toasted oak, dried fruit and rancio.

The finish is complex and long with wood spice, balsam, sweet spices, a hint of vanilla, leather and coffee notes with the distinct touch of the typical Charente “rancio”.  Bottled at the slightly higher strength of 43% ABV which leaves a long-lasting taste.


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