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Remi Landier XO Fin Bois Artisanal Cognac

  • Remi Landier XO Fin Bois Artisanal Cognac

Remi Landier XO Fin Bois Artisanal Cognac

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  • SKU #: 11240
  • $194.99


Remi Landier XO Fin Bois Artisanal Cognac

  • Availability: In Stock
  • Quantity Available: 5
  • SKU #: 11240
  • $194.99


Remi Landier XO Fin Bois Artisanal Cognac

The high toned nature of the Fins Bois is present in the glass but delightfully balanced by the notes of age. The nose shows floral notes of violets and chrysanthemum and fruit notes ranging from plum to mango balanced by aromas of the cellar with baking spices, pipe tobacco and licorice. With aeration, hints of dried orange peel and almond are also present. The palate shows dried fruit notes balanced by sweet spices, honey, vanilla, and anise. This XO is a blend of Cognacs from 1971, the 1980s, and the 2005 distillation seasons  D&M Tasting Notes

The history of Remi Landier begins in 1890, when Julien Girard arrived in the small town of Cors. Julien’s son, Roger and his son, Rémi expanded the small initial landholding. The soils in this part of the Fins Bois are a mix of clay and limestone soils, far from the easiest vineyards to work. During this time they sold almost all of their youthful distillate to the large houses. While not wildly profitable, it was a living that provided for three generations of the Landier family. This arrangement would be tested in the trials and reduced consumption of Cognac in the late 1960s and early 1970s. During a financial crisis in 1973, and with the large houses reducing their orders, sons Alain and Jean-Yves decided to bottle their own cognacs using their father’s name, Rémi Landier. Thankfully for the Landier clan, they soon gained a loyal following and, in addition to their Cognac, they sold Pineau des Charentes directly from the domaine. While the family did not set out to be anything other than farmers from this start, of necessity they have thrived. While Jean-Yves’ sons Alexandre and Sebastian work the vineyards and the chai, his daughter Geraldine runs the sales of the brand. She studied in England before spending thirteen years at the Maison du Whisky in Paris. This extended exposure to the wider world of wine has led to her diversifying their output. In addition to their Cognac, they make a line of still wines and even run a shop where they curate wines and spirits from around the world. 

They now own around 240 acres of vines mostly planted to Ugni Blanc in plots that span four villages: Foussignac, Matha, Cors, and Xambes. After harvest the grapes are brought to the cellar where they are pressed using a bladder press. The fermentation happens in a mixture of fiberglass and concrete vessels. After fermentation and a short time on in the lees, the distillation takes place in four stills, two of which can be seen above. The family has three relatively dry chai (aging cellars) at various parts of the estate. Instead of simply selling all of the new make spirit to the houses as their ancestors did, the Landiers use a mix of new, 10 year, and very old Limousin oak barrels to age their Cognacs. A majority is still sold to the large houses which provides a steady stream of income as they slowly age the family’s stock. It is instructive to think that in times past if you had a glass of Hennessy or Courvoisier VS or VSOP, it was in all likelihood from the Fins Bois, or at least a majority of it was. The forward and fruity character of the area can mellow wonderfully with time. Geraldine has been carefully managing the stock of their older barrels. Leaning on her time as the Maison du Whisky, the spirit is filtered at room temperature and the Cognacs are never chill-filtered before bottling. The XO Artisanal is singular not just because of the liquid but also because of the bottle itself. This release was placed in bottles made by a local glass artisan by the name of Guillot. (The bottles may be different sizes but rest assured they have the same volume of liquid.) Michel Kennel, D&M


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