Master Blender Laurent Robin works closely with Master Selector Jerome Royer, a fifth-generation family member, together with Master Distiller Monia Martin, to meld together fine eaux-de-vie
to create Cognacs of remarkable complexity and approachability.
For the VSOP Elegance, Maison Camus selects aromatic eaux-de-vie
partially distilled on the lees, including some from the company's Borderies cru, to strengthen the aromatics of this Cognac as it ages.
Because the Tricentenaire of Martell is above all an opportunity to celebrate 300 years of craftsmanship and excellence, each guest received an exclusive limited edition cognac, a blend of fifteen eaux-de-vie
from the five main crus, spanning the last three centuries.
As the 100 years for maturing the Louis XIII drew to a close, the casks revealed a jewel - a rare blend of 1,200 eaux-de-vie
- that had transformed into truly exceptional cognac.
There are other variations on the eaux-de-vie
theme like Armagnac, Grappa, Akvavit and fruit-based distillations, which exhibit more distinctive characteristics than basic brandy.
The carafe of cognac is a blend of some one hundred of the most remarkable eaux-de-vie
selected, the oldest of which date back to 1907, from among the Hennessy reserves.
Remy also released two limited editions in the past two years, a blend of all 1965 eaux-de-vie
in 2007, and a one in 2008 from a blend cellared in 1989.
You can have anything from breakfast in the vineyard and tours of the cellars, to a workshop when you actually get to blend some of the precious eaux-de-vie
to make your own cognac, followed by an extravagant dinner in Le Grollet - the family residence.
St Remy uses eaux-de-vie
distilled from 12 French wine varieties, selected for their exceptional quality, which is then aged for one year in oak barrels.
Winters and founder Jorg Rupf strive to highlight that and other subtle flavors in their Hangar One vodkas, single-malt whiskey, and eaux-de-vie
, all of which can be sampled in their new tasting room at a converted airplane hangar in Alameda.
Cognacs tend, with few exceptions, to be blends of eaux-de-vie
of different ages, and the letter, star and name designations are connected to the age of the youngest ingredient.
In the greedy '80s, the nicer '90s, and throughout the past decades and centuries, people with good taste have always appreciated eaux-de-vie
- those clear, exquisitely perfumed fruit brandies.