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Delamain Pale & Dry Grande Champagne Cognac 750ml (Elsewhere $100)

SKU #690036 92 points Wine Enthusiast

 Visually appealing pale flax color. Bouquet offers seductive aromas of almonds, crushed violets, truffles and dark caramel at all nosing stages. Palate entry taste is focused on the fruit, which is more tropical (pineapple) than grape-like; midpalate experience is extraordinarily complex as flavors of black pepper, old oak, spirit, lead pencil and red fruit disarm the taste buds. Finishes dense, multilayered and medium-long. A textbook Cognac. *Best Buy*  (7/2006)

K&L Notes

Delamain is perhaps the most British of all the great Cognac houses. They are known for their light color and elegant dryness so prized by the British. The Pale & Dry is made from all Grande Champagne juice, which has been aged for twenty-five years. Light in color and very elegant on the palate with a extremely smooth and dry finish. 40% ABV Ships in an oversize box.

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Staff Image By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/31/2017 | Send Email
Delamain is really one of the most special producers of Cognac. They may not be the most exciting, bold or innovative, but they make DANG good cognac in a style that very few producers are going after. Restrained elegant and very deliberate. the XO is Delamain's "entry level" but it doesn't drink like an entry level. This has some very old brandies in the mix and benefits from an extended marriage period in smaller casks rather than the few weeks in large foudres like most producers. The result is a head nose of dried stone fruits, macerated vanilla bean and subtle exotic wood. Excellent vibrant entry that's lifted and open with tons of complexity. Those stones fruits play of the barrel spice perfectly as the long finish builds. This has always been a favorite circa $100+, but at this price this is easily the finest regularly available XO for your money.

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Alcohol Content (%): 40