We were disappointed to read earlier this year that Cognac Renault has created ‘a new innovation - an expression specifically designed to pair with coffee’ - called Renault Avec. Quite simply this is not the case. Hermitage Cognac launched its Café 20 Cognac in the Autumn of 2016 and it is already well established in the marketplace as a coffee accompaniment. Provenance is not the only difference. Renault have blended cognacs from 3 different crus aged between 3 and 8 years. They are ‘not attempting to create a big, powerful cognac’ so have treated the barrels differently to affect the flavour.
Hermitage Café 20 on the other hand, has flavours of mocha, coffee and roasted walnuts, comes from the top cru and has been aged for 20 years.