The geology of the cognac producing region is the single most important factor in the success of the famous drink. The spirits success rests solidly on chalk - a very special sort of chalk known as Campanian chalk, named after the Latin original of the word. This became known as Champagne and exists under most of the Grande Champagne area.
There are two other chalk varieties which are defined mainly by their porosity. Santonian, named after the general cognac region of Saintonge is found mainly to the south of Cognac. Cognacian chalk is found around the town of Cognac. The physical composition of the chalk is almost as important as the geological make-up. It should be friable and not too compacted, so that the vine roots can penetrate through to the underground streams.
Perhaps a confusing factor is that the boundaries were decided by administrators not geologists, so they include the clay bed of the Charente river and the banks of the Né to the south. Perhaps the biggest problem the Cognacais have, is the use of the word champagne, which was stolen by the wine makers 500 miles north east and who use it for the name of their fizzy wine, which also grows on chalk slopes similar to those around Cognac...
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Euthrope Moyet was a wine grower and collector of old brandies who set up his business making cognacs in St Sulpice in what is today known as the Borderies cru. These old bottles are hand made and the volumes vary, using our experience we estimate this one to be 90cl.
The emphasis on ageing has worked well and this particularly fine 25 y.o.has developed a big complexity with aromas of orange peel, kumquats, guava, melon, dried nuts and much more. It's slightly higher strength of 43% enhances this cognac further.
From the small commune near Segonzac called La Nérolle and in the very heart of the top cru. This VSOP cognac is dry with lots of floral tones and made on modern stills. A quality Grande Champagne cognac.