A great VSOP from Leyrat, this was produced at the vineyards at Domaine de Chez Maillard. They say the terroir is exceptionally good for Cognac production.
Nose – Initially earthy, with rich and sweet tobacco, and a gentle note of charred oak. Fruit develops, with sweet and sour grapes and raisins, joined by a savoury note that gives the bouquet a weight and almost meaty character.
Palate – Big fruit and spice to start, with the raisins and grapes from the nose enhanced by soft nutmeg, cinnamon and fragrant black tea. Caramel sweetness sits underneath providing a backbone, slowly turning darker, bringing in oaky spice and clove hints.
Finish – Lingering, sweetened black tea with soft hints of fresh and dried vine fruit.