Park Vieille Grande Champagne Cognac 750ml (Previously $130)
Following a decade working in the London wine trade, Dominic Park decided in the early 1990s to move to France and create a new cognac house. Maison Cognac Park was born to make straightforward, unadulterated cognacs presented in simple packaging. In essence, the idea was to offer an alternative to the stereotype of over-caramelized, brown cognacs sold in flamboyant crystal decanters or frosted glass bottles. It was a fortunate period to enter the cognac market when prices of eaux-de-vie were at their lowest. Dominic started by acquiring a bedrock of unblended spirits aged between two and sixty years in Tronçais oak casks. This spirit is very soft, mellow and well rounded with plenty of fruit and rich savory flavors (rancio charentais). Stewed fruit, leather, and cigar boxes can all be found on the palate, which is both long and delicate. This is an excellent example of Cognac from the best area of the region, Grande Champagne. Average age, 45-65 years.