Daniel Bouju "K&L Exclusive" Cognac Fines Saveurs (750ml)

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Francois Bouju is the man running the show these days at Bouju Cognac. He's incredibly nice, has an encyclopedic knowledge of distillation, taught us a great deal about the region and its spirits, and far exceeded the lofty expectations we had of him going in to our appointment. His vines are planted in rich limestone soils, which helps to preserve acidity in the fruit, and he is a stickler for detail. The reason the Grand Champagne region makes what is considered the best Cognac is because the soil creates grapes that are fully ripe with high acidity levels and low potential alcohol. This is important because distillation is about concentrating the flavor of a base substance. If you've got a wine sitting in a tank oxidizing, you're going to have an oxidized flavor in the Cognac. High acidity levels help prevent oxidation while distillation is taking place and prevent the need for stabilizing sulfur. At the same time, you need wine with a low alcohol level so as to not overpower the flavor of the fruit. Full ripeness is also necessary to have any flavor at all. You can't simply pick early to preserve acidity because your wine will taste terrible. The resulting profile of the Fines Saveurs is a high acid, fruit-forward style of Cognac. This is zingy, expressive brandy that exemplifies the quality of Bouju's base wine. Ideal on the rocks or as a mixer, Bouju is the perfect bottle for your French 75 or Sidecar cocktail. A hot deal.

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Staff Image By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/17/2018 | Send Email
The wonderful underrated house in some of Grand Champagne's prime terroir has long been a staple of the K&L Cognac portfolio. Bouju really represented a transitional figure in my thinking of Cognac. I had first come to Cognac incensed by the use of additives to soften and correct the products, but after tasting through thousands of casks strength products I realized the reason they made it the way they did is because they products tasted better. When done correctly the "classic" elevage is definitely the way to go. But certain producers, who are able to take the time and care needed to raise untouched brandies, can create something in a different class. Dudognon was the first example of that and Bouju was confirmation that there was a different way to create that didn't require the traditional techniques. Needless to say, Mr Bouju is the master of elevage, coaxing the soft nuances and subtle complexities of his impeccable fruit to the table while soften the raw power of young Grand Champagne eau-de-vie. Only one thing is ever added to this special cognac, water. The result is delicate, but not feeble, complex without being hard to understand. Certainly on the fruit and floral, but for the price no other additive free cognac offers a better experience than this one.

Staff Image By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/19/2015 | Send Email
No caramel, no additives, just fresh, vibrant Grand Champagne brandy at a hot price. Nothing more to be said!

Staff Image By: Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/7/2013 | Send Email
A very elegant, light and pretty Cognac. It is a pleasure to smell and is light, juciy and soft in the mouth. Very good.

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