Tres Vieux Cognac
Brut de Fut
Cask No. 030
natural colour - non chill-filtered
limited edition of 238 bottles
40,6% vol. - 0,7 l
Vallein Tercinier 'Lot 30' (40.6%, OB, petite champagne, 238 bottles, 2023) Four stars and a half
According to the label, this incredible 1930 was 'bottled' in 1995, I would suppose that's the year when they transferred it to demijohns, which would make it a 64 or 65 years old. I find the price infuriatingly low (south of a grand!) Colour: dark red amber. Nose: please cease all other activities, cancel all poisonous subscriptions (Netflix, Disney, Paramount and so on), forget about the new iPhone that's more useless than a tomato with wheels anyway (copyright Black Adder), cancel the Club Med in Marrakesh or Cancun, drop the Macs NAS, and buy twelve bottles of this with the money you just saved. De nada. Peaches, melons, beeswax, soft meadows honey, great old Montrachet-like chardonnay, ripe mirabelles, and myriads of smaller aromas, many reminiscent of a beehive. Please remain seated. Mouth: I understand why they would have 'bottled' it thirty years ago, it was about to get too teaish, perhaps even a little flat, while it's retained its Montrachetness (no we're afraid of no barbarisms). Herbal teas are running the show here, the usual chamomile, thyme tea, some cinnamon… Then figs and sultanas keeping it very much alive, despite this bitterish menthol showing up in the background. In truth, it is a little fragile on the palate. Finish: a little short, drying, rather on tea and cocoa. Now honeys, mirabelles and raisins are fighting back in the aftertaste, bringing in so new life. Fab. Comments: good, you may keep Cancun, the nose was out of this world but the palate's maybe a tad tired. I would suppose twelve bottles will be enough. But mind you, 1930, that's when Body and Soul came out. How appropriate.
SGP:451 - 89 points.