Paul-Marie Fils 25 Year Pineau de Charentes (750ml)
In 1951, a 20 year old Frenchman named Jean began his military service outside of Lyon. He made a very good friend during this time named Pierre, who was a 9th generation Cognac producer and their friendship lasted over the years. When Jean's grandson Nicolas became interested in distilling, Pierre decided to mentor him and teach him the art of Cognac. While learning how to produce, Nicolas of course had to learn how to taste and he was able to sample the entire library of Pierre's family, dating back a very long time. Most of these barrels were never released to the public and many of them have never been blended to create a marketable product - they simply age slowly in the family cellar. This 25 year old Pineau des Charentes that simply explodes on the palate. I've never even heard of anyone aging their PdC before, so the idea in itself is novel because most people feel like they're wasting their Cognac by adding fermented wine must to it. I've only ever had the Peyrot that we carry to compare it to and that is not much of a comparision. This is a megablast of orange peel, sweet caramel, nutty almonds, hints of cheese, and more swirling on the palate. It was made from Cognac distilled in 1984 and then white wine from 1985 and put into a barrel for 25 years!