A truly superlative VSOP from boutique producer Paul Beau. Rich, perfectly balanced and incredibly complex for 'only' a VSOP - we're sure that some much older cognacs went into this cuvee. The delicate balance of flavour and finesse is extraordinary at this level. Clearly the work of a blender at the very top of his game.
Richer and considerably more complex than expected. Brown sugar, fig, plum, baked apples, red grapes, cooked pear, some sandalwood, hay, fresh cut flowers... you get the idea: there's a lot going on here. Some really winey aromas, similar to aged Burgundy or Amontillado (almonds, melting butter etc) emerge as it aerates.
The richness of flavour is there, but with a lightness of touch in the mouthfeel ie not as heavy as one might expect from the nose (this is not a bad thing, merely an observation). Delicious sweet candied notes mingle with toffee apples and honeysuckle mid-palate. Really well-defined flavours again on a medium-full palate demonstrating a remarkable elegance and delicacy.
A crescendo of sweet fruit flavour, then a gradual glissando into slow-fading honey and spice. Good length. Mouth-watering.
I would be shocked if there wasn't a large proportion of cognacs much older than VSOP in this cuvee - but with the perfect balance of younger spirit to keep it fresh and lively. The delicate balance of flavour and finesse is extraordinary at this level. Clearly the work of a blender at the very top of his game.
Tasting notes by Tim Forbes at The Whisky Exchange