2006 Hine K&L Exclusive "Lignières-Sonneville" Single Barrel Cognac (750ml) (Previously $140)

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It was in the late 1700s that Thomas Hine was sent to Cognac from England to learn French and study the art of brandy production to better facilitate the family's merchant business across the channel. When his father-in-law passed away, he took over the business in full and founded the house of Hine in 1817. 200 years later, Hine is still family-owned and considered one of the top Cognac houses in the country, on par with the quality of any top mark in the industry. What makes Hine unique, however, is the company's continued roots in the UK, taking advantage of warehouses in northern Scotland to mature their brandies outside the borders of the region. When Hine approached us about possibly selecting some of these "early landed" casks to bottle exclusively for K&L, we were taken aback. While we've made huge strides to improve our selection of small French distillers and unique brandies of quality, we never dreamed one of Cognac's major players would want to join us in that mission. Whereas large Cognac houses specialize in the sourcing and blending of hundreds of different producers, Hine wanted us to help them unveil a line of single vintage, single barrel, single vineyard Cognacs that showcased the purity of one specific location, unadulterated and unblended. Hine owns a 297 acre estate in the heart of Grande Champagne from which they distill various plots individually. When bottled individually the pureness of these Cognacs is absolutely incredible.

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Staff Image By: Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/10/2015 | Send Email
The Lignieres Sonneville is a little richer than the Hine Gente. It is delicate with a hint of creaminess and a kiss of richness. Most importantly, it is complex and a joy to drink. A nice long finish adds to the joy that this Cognac offers.

Staff Image By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/14/2015 | Send Email
June 10, 1991- the third day of my Paris/Champagne/Bordeaux/Cognac/Armagnac tour with 20 clients/friends and Ralph Sands of K&L fame. After a wonderful lunch at Chateau Leoville Barton with Anthony Barton, we boarded the bus for a visit across the estuary to the Cognac region of France. We went to the Hine distillery and had a great visit, tasting several fine products. As we left they gave each of us a bottle of VSOP. Needless to say the trip back to Bordeaux was quite eventful as several bottles were consumed. Day four was tough for most of the group. Fast forward-November 12, 2015 and we have just received a product from Hine (two in fact) that were not available in 1991 or even 1891 or 1791. Yes this is the first time in 300 years of existence that Hine has produced a single cask/ single vineyard grand Champagne Cognac. And they are both amazing—I especially loved this 8 year old version. It was as smooth as glass going down--not a hard edge to find. The nose was perfumy and earthy with toasty oak nuances. Perfectly balanced on the palate and a lingering finish that lasted for 60 seconds. Absolutely delicious and I secured a bottle immediately-my first Hine purchase since 1991!

Staff Image By: Nicole Osmanski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/12/2015 | Send Email
I had the pleasure of tasting Hine's Single Barrel 2002 and 2006 back to back and though both were fantastic, I found the powerful aromatics of the '06 truly intoxicating. Jasmine, vanilla bean, roasted chestnut, and wildflower honey come together in an exotic, earthy, feminine mix. The Cognac's heady bouquet leads into a creamy, rich palate that is still clean and fresh, as well. I continued to smell my glass for 20 minutes after the Cognac was gone - a very good sign, I think!

Staff Image By: Jim Chanteloup | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/12/2015 | Send Email
I have a fondness for Hine for two reason. One, was meeting Bernard Hine many years ago, and the other was finding a cache of the Triomphe in "mini" bottles for a couple of bucks! I wiped them out and shared the secret with my K&L buddy Ralph Sands. The '06 is so elegant and well balanced with great purity and warm spice aromas of cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla and caramel. On the palate, the spirit is ethereal and fresh with a long lingering finish.

Staff Image By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/12/2015 | Send Email
If you've ever wondered whether spirits could showcase terroir, look no further. These single cask, single vintage, single vineyard Cognacs from Hine (chosen by us, and bottled exclusively for us) showcase the purity of fruit that can be obtained when Cognacs are left unblended, unadulterated, and pure in their original form. The Lignieres-Sonneville expression actually has clean minerality running under the soft vanilla and richness from the oak. It's almost like the clean fruit of a white wine with a bit of barrel aging. If you're a wine geek, or a spirits geek, this is where those two worlds collide. It's recommend this to a Loire Valley white fan as much as I would true connoisseur of Cognac. A rare occasion that we hope we can replicate again down the road, should Hine want to do another project like this.

Staff Image By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/12/2015 | Send Email
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The nose on this Cognac is exquisite,so complete and delicate, floral and layered with subtle background spice. On the palate it is superbly balanced, long, lingering, and lasts for minutes. I've always though Hine was the Top producer among the Big producers but these new Single Barrel versions are the best thing I've ever tasted from them.

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Alcohol Content (%): 44.1