The Hermitage 1974 Cognac exudes traditional Chez Richon style with bags of nutty flavours and a long citrus tail. This vintage is in short supply so enjoy it while you can.
|Aroma||A quite powerful aroma with some floral tones, particularly violet. Also aromas of nut, vanilla and a rich pineapple syrup|
|Ageing||350 litre casks, 6-8 months in new and then into old Limoursin casks. Cellars are medium damp with natural floors|
|Distillation||Distillation is on a small still with a relatively straight sided still head which minimizes rectification. This together with fairly heavy lees enables maximum wine flavours. The producer does not have to rely on negoҫiant sales so has been able to concentrate on his own style|
|Flavour||Flavours of nuts, vanilla, mushrooms and a pineapple taste that runs into a long citrus tail. The complex taste is powerful enough to override the slightly higher strength|
|Grape Variety||Ugni Blanc|
|Reduction and Strength||Ageing in Grande Champagne is usually the slowest of all the crus allowing the spirit to be in contact with the wood for the greatest period. Some water is added but no additives are used, the water is added very slowly and aged before bottling|
|Viticulture||The land around Chez Richon is flatter than closer to Segonzac, but the soil is still predominantly very porous Coniacian chalk and the roots go down deep|