When a cognac pays homage to the nobility and loyalty of the French Empire generals, particularly the Marquis de Caulaincourt, “Grand Ecuyer” of Napoleon, French Ambassador to Russia and Major General in the Napoleonic Army you have to expect premium quality and taste. The D’aincourt Collection comprises of three Hors d'Age Cognacs aged from 20 to 70 years old. I finally got to sit down with their samples, neat as always because watering down this cognac would not be honoring the French Empire Generals at all. Before we get into our review...
What is Cognac Grand Champagne?
Cognac Grande Champagne is Cognac brandy made from the vineyards in the most respected of the six Cognac districts (crus) that surround Cognac town. Its name often leads to confusion, and assumptions that it is somehow connected with the sparkling wine region Champagne. This confusion is easily cleared up; the word champagne (from Latin campania) originally meant 'open country', with connotations of idyllic, pastoral landscapes. It features in at least a dozen place names dotted all over France, including both the Champagne wine region and the Grande Champagne brandy district.Grande Champagne is located just south of Cognac town, sandwiched between the Charente river and its tributary, the Né. The famous village of Segonzac, encircled by vines for miles in every direction, lies right at its heart.
History of D’aincourt Cognac
D’aincourt Cognac was established in 1848, the distillery is located in the heart of the Cognac region.The D’AINCOURT Cognacs are sourced exclusively from Grande Champagne: premier Cru of Cognac where the finest eaux-de-vie come from.
1st Up - D’aincourt Cognac Extra
Delightful, rich aroma, spicy and a bit smokey, it’s definitely a cognac for the cigar lounge. The taste lingers somewhat, heightening the tasting experience as you inhale it’s aroma.
Up Next - D’aincourt Cognac Rare XO
The aroma is not as smokey, I do get a citrus scent and something like cloves, the aroma hints that the taste would be smooth. The taste is a little more smokey than the aroma lets on but it delivered the smoothness I expected.
Finally - D’aincourt Limited Edition Premier Cru
Can a cognac have a premium aroma? This one made me check. L.E. Premier Cru is made from the rare blend of very mature eaux de vie, some aged over 70 years old. It is made entirely from Grande Champagne, the finest of the Cognac crus. Gents, inhale deeply as this embraces your palate.
All three have a rich golden hues and long “tears” along the inside of the glass, it’s what you would expect with mature cognacs. The L.E. Premier Cru has the lightest shade.
If I had to put in order of what I enjoyed most it would be the Premier Cru 1st, 2nd would be the Rare XO, followed by the Cognac Extra.
Grab a Davidoff cigar, Trinidad Short Robusto or whatever cigar you enjoy, these cognacs will go well with most.
To purchase we suggest you contact the good folks here: D’aincourt