This Tres Vieille Reserve is pure Petite Champagne between 25 and 30 years old. It has a beautiful amber color with gold highlights. The nose his full of yellow and orange fruit and hints of vanilla. The mouth shows additional notes of dried apricot and spice. This is a cognac that is easy to enjoy, and its lingering finish also makes it easy to reach for the bottle and serve another glass.Charles Neal, Importer
The central zone in Cognac is called the Grande Champagne. It is surrounded on three sides by the Petite Champagne. What sets these two regions apart from the other cognac zones is the amount of chalk in their soils. In fact, the word champagne is derived from the latin campagne (meaning open country or level ground). The cognac region was formed some 245 million years ago when much of France was submerged beneath shallow tropical seas, when the warm temperatures and nutrient rich seas were full of sea life. Thousands of small organisms with hard shells composed of calcium carbonate were found in abundance. When these organisms died and sank, their organic materials decayed and their shells were left to integrate into the mineral component of the sea floor.
About 30 million years ago, this warm sea suffered a tremendous earthquake that sent much of what is now cognac upwards. The large mineral deposits and fossilized shells that once lay on the bottom of the sea rose to the surface and splintered, fracturing the layers of sediment and draining the land. The uniqueness of this soil is not just its massive chalk deposits but it’s extremely high concentrations of mineral marls, belemnite and micraster contained within the chalk. It is also thought that belemnite chalk releases more limestone, allowing the grapes to retain higher natural acidities.
Chalk soils are extremely good at retaining water, filling the micro-pores with moisture during wet periods and gradually releasing moisture as the soil dries. This helps the vines to survive droughts while at the same time allowing the soil to remain porous enough to promote good drainage. The physical nature of the soil means the vine’s roots can permeate deeper into the bedrock. In addition, these soils can absorb and retain heat, acting as a buffer to the vines when the temperature cools, thus avoiding early season frost events and ensuring that subsoil temperatures remain constant throughout the year.
The Grande Champagne has larger slabs of chalk beneath its shallow topsoil, while the Petite Champange has slabs that are broken up into smaller pieces. Tasted blind, most experts are unable to distinguish the two regions, as both are known for their floral characters, finesse and, above all, their length.
Chainier Tres Vieille Reserve Petite Champagne Cognac
- Brand: Chainier Cognac
- Availability: In Stock
- Quantity Available: 1
- SKU #: 1694