Pierre Ferrand Selection Des Anges Grande Champagne 1er Cru du Cognac (750ml)
Review Date: 03-19-2010
As a consummate brandy, cognac and armagnac lover, I wanted to purchase something very special for my 40ieth birthday-- a spirit with finesse, depth, and class, yet wouldn't require engaging in bank robbery or some other nefarious activity. After much research and deliberation, I settled upon purchasing the 30 year old Ferrand Selection Des Anges. And boy, did that bet ever pay off! This multi-layered cognac offers up a nose of spring fruit blossoms, lightly grilled almonds, flan drizzled with a little caramel, fresh pear slices, and a little clove spice thrown in for good measure. Along with a light, rounded mouthfeel, the palate is reminiscent of lemon blossoms, rose petals, more fresh pear and apricot, golden raisin, with a touch of brown spice. No astringency or dryness, but just enough oak tannins to provide good structure and balance. A truly fantastic cognac.