Francois Peyrot Heritage Grande Champagne Cognac 750ml

SKU #690068

The French have never really understood the American fascination with age statements. Are we really willing to pay more for a number? In Cognac, the rarest and oldest brandies are never quantified with a minimum age statement, but rather with names like "Reserve Rare," "Paradis," or "Heritage." While shopping in the big houses might still cost you a healthy $600 or more, our spirits buyers have been able to track down a shining jewel in the middle of the Cognac countryside. Francois Peyrot Cognac is a single estate producer that has been quietly offering K&L customers high-quality value for the last few years. When our staff recently tasted the 50 year old Heritage a hush crept over the tasting bar. A rich, spicy, full-bodied, vanilla and caramel-laden, long-finishing Cognac had just taken the breath out of our staff, especially after they heard what it would cost. Our Bourbon fans in the store have also been thinking of crossing over to the Peyrot Heritage, considering all the wood spice and robust flavor reminded them of their favorite, impossible-to-get, mature Van Winkle expressions.This is a bold brandy. For less than $200 a bottle we've been able to acquire a small batch of this 50 year old superstar. While you won't find the number "50" anywhere on the bottle, we have assurance from Peyrot that it has indeed spent five decades in wood. Putting the number "50" on the bottle would only add another $500 to the price anyway. We're much happier knowing our little secret.

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By: David Driscoll |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 4/17/2013  | Send Email
An amazing brandy, especially for the money. Fifty year old spirits don't even exist anymore in the whisky market and they certainly don't exist for less than a couple thousand dollars. The Peyrot is a big, woody, spicy, robust Cognac. This isn't the ultra-smooth, supple, Louis XIII replacement. It's an old school Cognac from a country producer using nothing but his estate fruit and his own distillates.

By: Kyle Kurani |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 4/16/2013  | Send Email
This is good Cognac. This is really good Cognac actually. I had forgotten what high quality Peyrot offers until they came into see us and pour through their line up. It was a tasting of repeated double takes, me looking at David with my eyes asking, “This is really that good?” I was well impressed through the whole line, but really was floored with the Heritage. This is what I want out of Cognac, rich and luscious, tones of vanilla and caramel, all wrapped up in perfectly integrated and textured French oak. There is a mantra that I always have in mind when tasting Spirits, “You can’t Fake Age.” This bottle has nuance and intrigue, it is rich, but it possesses and underlying complexity that you simply cannot recreate without a half of a century of aging in the French country side. We certainly hope you enjoy this truly great bottle.

By: Jeffrey Jones |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/22/2013  | Send Email
The Peyrot Heritage is a 50 year old Cognac with elegance and finesse. It has a nice rich body with a touch of spice to round it out and make it interesting. A wonderful Cognace to sip and contemplate.

By: Gary Westby |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/20/2013  | Send Email
If you want a bottle of flat out great Cognac, but don't need a fancy decanter bottle, the Francois Peyrot Heritage should be at the top of your list. I have been very fortunate to taste all of the big names in Cognac over the last year, and this has been my favorite. It has a deep mahogany color and a great rancio nose of sweet leather and sweet fruit. The Cognac is expansive and rich in the mouth without feeling heavy or reduced. The peacock tail finish goes on forever!

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Cognac

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France

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