Daniel Bouju Tres Vieux "Brut de Fut" Premier Cru de Cognac Grand Champagne Cognac 750ml (Elsewhere $240)

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The unprecedented Tres Vieux Brut de Fut is one of the most memorable and unique offerings from any producer in Cognac. Bouju is well known for speaking out in the region against the use of additives and has carved out a niche as one of the few Grand Champagne producers willing to offer unfiltered, uncut, full-strength cognac. This brandy is the house's top offering and represents some of the oldest stocks with a minimum age of 40 years. The color is dark like coffee and when we inquired about that insanely dark color, Bouju explained that long term aging in new oak and his practice of avoiding reduction concentrates the eau-de-vie in such a way that none of his neighbors can replicate it without using caramel and sugar. We don't care exactly how he does it because it tastes so good. No question this is a cognac for whiskey drinkers. The nose is full of exotic wood, dried herbs and bold spice. The entry is ultra textured and dense like few other brandies I've ever tried. With a brandy this rich you expect extreme sweetness as sugar is added for texture and to balance any bitterness, but in this case we've got tons of bold, dried fruit and big, powerful spice without any saccharine quality you'd perceive the very old cognacs from the big houses. Those Cognacs are often sold for 10 times this price and pale in comparison to this spectacular offering from Bouju. And the big houses wonder why they have trouble converting whiskey people? Here is their guide.

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Staff Image By: Anthony Russo | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/4/2018 | Send Email
The color is so intense and intriguing and the nose is nothing short: mint, dried stone fruit, and dark molasses. The Cognac is vibrant on the palate; the flavors really stick to the taste buds and continually evolve and show different complexities. Super interesting. All this without any additives. An amazing example of how deep and complex a Cognac with the right age can be.

Staff Image By: Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/18/2018 | Send Email
This is no light, easy, fruity cognac that I had come to associate with Bouju, this is dark, rich and intense. The nose immediately shows the long slow aging of this spirit, with dried fruit, baked cinnamon, cardamom, and old leather. The power and concentration here are unforgettable, flavors of old oak and concentrated fruit that linger long on the tongue.

Staff Image By: Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/15/2018 | Send Email
This Cognac has a deep dark color that reflects the extended aging. Delicate aromas lead to a Cognac that is complex and full bodied with concentrated dried fruit flavors that are not sweet but lively and tasty. There is a lot going on here. This is one to sit down with, sip and think about.

Staff Image By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/12/2018 | Send Email
This insane offering has always been something we've wanted to carry, but the very high price tag (upwards of $250) made it seem out of reach. Now that we're able to offer it at a somewhat more reasonable price, it might be one of the most exciting cognacs we've ever stocked. It's a total bomb, not suited for cognac drinkers looking for something easy and sweet, but will easily win over lovers of old unobtainable American whiskey. This is a selection from Bouju's oldest stocks with a minimum age of around 40 years and a significant proportion of brandies much much older, maybe 80-100 years old. It's bottled without additives according to the producer and not filtered or reduced before bottling. Mr. Bouju insists the reason for the excessively dark color is the lack of reduction, something that normally happens several times during an eau-de-vie's maturation and blending. Instead, he says, he distills and reduces slightly before barreling and does absolutely nothing else for over 4 decades. When it hits 100 proof naturally, the resulting cognac is a force of nature. This nose puts us square in bourbon land, dense dry woodsy with fruit compote (figs & plums), cacao nibs, sweet herbs, all kinds of baking spice. Relatively gentle on the palate considering the high proof, but very dry, dark fruits and a big minty herbal finish. A benchmark by any standard. 5 Stars.

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Alcohol Content (%): 50