Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Gourry de Chadeville Cognac



Nicolas Palazzi, aka Captain Cognac - brandy importer extraordinaire, sent me a new brandy, which is always a good thing.  I'm not sure anyone picks their Cognacs as carefully as Palazzi, who is very strict about pure spirit with none of the nasty additives and coloring that are typically poured into mass market Cognac.

His latest is a single cask, cask strength, non-chill filtered Cognace from the House of Gourry de Chadeville, a Grande Fine Champagne estate which claims to be the oldest Cognac producer, having acquired their vineyards in 1619. This Cognac is made from Ugni Blanc, Folle Blanche and Colombard grapes. It carries no age statement and weighs in at 64.3% abv, which is huge for a Cognac. There are 330 bottles.


Gourry de Chadeville Cognac, 64.3% abv ($150)

The nose is just huge with chocolate, wood spice and some grassy/earthy notes at the end.  It doesn't smell like any Cognac I've ever sniffed. The palate is dense with flavor.  It comes on sweet then gets some of those chocolate notes with dried fruit underneath.  Then it turns to a bourbon like sweet and spicy mix with lots of big, earthy notes leading into a finish that is fruity on the nose but spicy on the palate.  A few drops of water has a big impact, adding some clove and anise on the nose and lots of spice on the palate.

The flavors here are much more akin to an Armagnac than most Cognacs I've had.  There is lots of spice and much less fruit than the typical Cognac.  It's wonderful, unique stuff with a lot going on.  I keep tasting it, and I keep getting new flavors.

I've howled for years about how I'd love to see higher proof, single cask offerings from Cognac, and it's great to see that we're finally getting one.

This is so complex, oaky and spicy that it will be great for whiskey geeks.  Miss out on BTAC this year? Grab one of these.  Right now, it's available at Astor Wines for $150, and I'm told, it will soon be at K&L as well for $130.


13 comments:

Funky Tape said...

Oh hell yes! I need to make friends with guys like this.

Found it at another NY store for $145.

fussychicken said...

"great to see that we're finally getting one."

But we have!

http://recenteats.blogspot.com/2011/11/brandy-friday-nicolas-palazzis-cognac.html

All kidding aside, this sounds great. Looking forward to trying it.

sku said...

Yeah, there's about one every two years, and they all seem to come from Palazzi.

Anonymous said...

How is it for Cognac geeks who could care less about BTAC?

Anonymous said...

Oh, and fussychicken forget last year's Navarre Vieille Reserve. Also cask strength.

sku said...

Anon, this one's a no-brainer for Cognac geeks, all 8 of them.

Funky Tape said...

That's funny.

Looks like K&L has it in now at the above stated price.

Alan Minor said...

The Gourry De Chadeville is tasty. If you can find a sample of another PM Spirits imported brandy, Domaine D'Esperance 2000, you'll be thrilled.

sku said...

Thanks Alan. I was a big fan of the 1998 D'Esperance so I'll take a look at the 2000.

Anonymous said...

I'm a little late to the party. Any chance I can still get a bottle somewhere? I live in upstate NY but no on local carries it.

sku said...

The only on-line source I'm aware of that still has any is here: https://www.kesslerwine.com/spirits/Gourry-de-Chadeville-Gourry-de-Chadeville-Grande-Champagne-Single-Cask-Cognac-w0523066sz

Anonymous said...

Just ordered it from Kessler. Thanks for the tip!

Sean Dooley said...

The kessler option is 43.4% abv, not the 64.3%, or at least the current link goes to the 43.4%