Through the Grapevine Fanny Fougerat Cognac
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Through the Grapevine Fanny Fougerat Cognac - 1994

Item # 39694 750mL
$184.96/ Single Bottle
$1109.76/ Case of 6
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52.80%
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Tasting Notes

If you thought that the Cognac category was only about big houses and tired old tastes, you are in for an awakening with Fanny Fougerat's spirits. Coming from a well established family producing Cognac primarily in Borderies, Fanny began her own label in 2013 focusing on her work as a winemaker and distiller, with a level of care and attention given to the vines, typically an overlooked practice for the region. For her range she is focusing on full proof, single cask expressions with zero additives. This single cask comes from Ugni Blanc vines cultivated in Borderies, from the 1994 harvest. Distilled off the lees, Fanny slightly reduced the eau de vie in cask in gradual fashion over the course of the twenty plus years of aging. The opening notes are almost more whisky like in nature and the flavors are far from typical or boring with vivid notes of saffron, spice market, old white wine, brown butter and wildflower honey.


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Staff Pick Notes

A 4th generation distiller, Fougerat took her family's business from selling to larger houses to bottling their own phenomenal spirit in 2013. With 30ha of Ugni Blanc, mostly in Borderies, she is not just a talented distiller but a true farmer. Right now her brandies are not easy to find, as she only releases a few dozen barrels each year. More than that, none are blended, so each is unique and they feel terroir-driven in a way you don't often see in spirits. In front of you is a single cask, cask strength bottle from the 1994 harvest. Aromatic and floral, vibrantly fruited, almost botanical, Fougerat's style is unmistakable but unmistakably Cognac. This is a wine-lovers spirit, with freshness and precision carrying forward aromas of well steeped tea, apricot and orange oil, worn-in leather chairs, rustling wild flowers...

- JON

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