Petite Fine Champagne. The nose of the reserve of the family has a spicy character that combines pepper with ginger, honey with vanilla, and then floral hints of rose and iris. On the palate, the famous rancio charentais or delicate nutty nuance is very present with additional flavors of dried fruit (apricot and plum) lingering on the palate. D&M Tasting Notes
All borders must be drawn somewhere, and in the case of the Estève family, they exist just on the other side of the proverbial tracks. In this case the dividing line is a small stream called the Né that separates the Grande Champagne and the Petite Champagne regions. The Esteve family vineyards cover 111 acres in Petite Champagne, but just across the Né from Grand Champagne. The Estève family’s soils are identical to their neighbors in the Grande Champagne, with a chalk dominant soil. The family also enjoys the same temperate maritime climate that helps insure wonderful maturation for the grapes, but because they are outside of the top tier zone, they command lower prices. As Kurt Vonnegut would say: So it goes.
The Estève family can trace its history in the region back over 217 years to a very fateful day in 1800. On May 18th, 1800 Michel Hitier moved up in the world from a stone cutter to a wine grower, having purchased a vineyard from his neighbor. (Note their family name was Hitier not Hitler as autocorrect would want you to believe.) When Michel died he passed the estate to his son François who expanded the estate in his stewardship. A great source of pride for the family came to be marked in 1900, when the Cognac of Adrien Estève was awarded a gold medal at the Universal Exhibition in Paris. The family adventure of labor continues to this day having now passed through eight generations of raising grapes. Jacques Estève (seen above) is the current proprietor and the grandson of Adrien. Jacques has continued the family tradition of creating and raising Cognacs in the town of Celles in the style of his ancestors.
The Estève family grows just one varietal Ugni Blanc, but they grow it quite well. After the wine harvest, the grapes are pressed and fermented using traditional methods. The wines obtained are distilled in two Charentes pot stills in accordance to Cognac’s legally mandated double distillation. After distillation the eau de vie is rested and aged for many years in Limousin oak casks, deeply hidden within the family’s silent cellars. It is during this extended maturation when they acquire depth and suppleness. The bottle we have for you, the Tres Vieille Reserve de la Famille is composed of several different barrels of eau-de-vie, all of which come from between 1968 and 1970. This is fully mature and can be enjoyed alone, but it is especially appreciated with a fine cigar.
Jacques Esteve Tres Vieille Reserve de la Famille Cognac
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