Cognac Ragnaud Sabourin XO Alliance No 25 is a blend of Cognac with an average age of 25 years old. The minimum requirement for an XO Cognac is currently 6 years (going up to 10 years in 2016).
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 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.
At an average of 25 years old, Cognac Ragnaud Sabourin XO Alliance No 25 has a delicate floral character of lime tree and hyacinth on the nose. The palate is richer than the nose suggests with orange spice, vanilla and old oak. Lighter in body than the Fontvieille, the XO has an elegant finish with much finesse and just a tickle from the spirit.