Drouet vs, melina vsop, vsop, reserve de jean xo, ulysses xo

Vs

Alc.40%

Nose:

Fresh and bright. Underripe golden fruit, fresh leather, fresh flowers, vanilla pods, short impressions of oak. Apples and candied orange, some strawberry, fresh sawdust and lavender. Fruit becomes a little more ripe with airing.

Palate:

Buttery smooth, rich and spicy. Bright golden fruit, fresh citrus peel, almost cake like palate. Gentle wood/pepper finish.

Age: 4 – 7 years

Socre: 84

 

Melina vsop:

Alc. 40%

Nose:

First impressions on the nose are of vanilla cake, honeyed peaches and fresh red berries. Orange marmalade, leather and light cedar.

Palate:

Sparkly, effervescent orange soda, and ginger first come to mind. Cooked and stewed mélange of fruits, icing sugar, finishing on dry wood with slight tannins and brown spice.

Age: 6 – 8

Overall: 90

Vsop

Alc. 40%

Nose:

Opens on dry wood and sprit, followed by candied orange flesh, and fresh ginger. Still bright and youthful on the nose, with some sweet apples, pears, sour wine and a little dust. Generous airing provides light anise and currants.

Palate:

Marmalade and vanilla at the front, with a decent viscosity. Fresh ginger and cloves in the middle of the palate, with lime zest. Finishes with earthy wood, raspberries and jammy oranges. The heat is modest but consistent.

Age: 5- 10

Overall: 84

 

Reserve de jean

Alc. 40%

Nose:

Canned peaches and fresh cut cedar, saffron and flower pedals, lavender and cakey orange. Sweet nose of candied raisins. Still just a bit spry on the nose. Dank oak is around the corner.

Palate:

Thin entry with brown spice turning to cassis quickly. Ripe raspberry, candied orange peel, candied ginger and cloves. Modest oak and vanilla, fresh mint tea, prune and black pepper in the finish.

Age: 13 years

Overall: 86

nice flavor, I would assume this to be a vsop.

 

Ulysses xo

Alc. 40%

Nose:

Perfumed and floral with vanilla crème brulee becoming quite assertive. Little notes of oak, stewed red grapes and dank fruits. Anise and caramel show up after generous airing which gives a root beer soda impression. To be honest, a bit gentle and light bodied on the nose.

Palate:

A watery entry with deep notes of crystallized ginger, licorice and dank currant lozenges. Very fruity. Some cinnamon and anise in the middle, leaving on some pleasant citrus.

Age: 17 – 25 years

Overall: 86

I was hoping for a fuller body. Still refuses to open and bloom.

Please note:

Spanning over 70 acres in the premier crus of cognac, the drouet family distillery has been crafting cognac from their own vines since the 1969 and has expanded their range ever since. Paying homage to the current distillers great grandfather[sic], drouet has created the xo cognac(aged at least ten years by law), Ulysses. Named after their daughter, they have crafted the vsop(aged at least 4 years by law), Melina, which I personally find to be the best in the range.

When making cognac, the grapes are harvested in September and distilled in a 1,000 litre pot still, twice. The spirit is distilled to a legal maximum of up to 72% abv, and is then aged in virgin barrels for up to a year(usually), then switched to older, used casks, as not to overbalance the profile with oak. Drouet cognac can be aged for up to 40 years, typically.

If droeut cognac has an Achilles heel, it would be the blending, which needs just a little more practice. The overall profile of these cognacs seem to be layered, rather than harmonious.

 

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