Following our unprecedented tally of medals at the International Wines and Spirits Competition (IWSC) 2021 we are delighted to announce that the Hermitage 50 Year Old Grande Champagne Cognac has also been awarded the overall Cognac Trophy 2021. it was the best cognac in the competition with a Gold Outstanding Award and a combined judges’ score of 99 points out of 100.
Our MD, who is one of the UK’s leading authorities on the subject, spoke as results were announced.
“We work tirelessly to find the very best that the region has to offer, from family growers who have these precious cognacs stashed away. Being awarded results like these is a welcome vindication of our standards and the outstanding quality which is available if you know where to look.”
Panel Chairman at the IWSC Joel Harrison praised the levels of quality in this round of judging.
“Given the history and heritage in Cognac, as well as the undoubted consistency of the major houses, it is a real joy through the IWSC judging to discover unique and individual bottlings such as these, packed with personality and flavour, that often defy their age. In a category with such high standards, it must be recognised how much of an achievement attaining medals and accolades of this standard is.”
The judges described our 50 Year Old (Grande Champagne) thus:
“Like opening an old leather-bound book or antique oak armoire. Figgy pudding and rich dark chocolate; wonderful rich spices and the bitterness of orange zest come through on the palate. Spicy but gentle and supremely dry.”
It is a magnificent cognac that will also make a wonderfully special 50th birthday or anniversary gift.