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Paul Beau VSOP
Grande Champagne Single Estate Cognac
Paul Beau VSOP

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.

Buy Paul Beau VSOP - 70.0 cl, with Gift Box

Nose:

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.

Palette:

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.

Finish:

A  crescendo of sweet fruit flavour, then a gradual glissando into slow-fading honey and spice.  Good length.  Mouth-watering.

Comments:

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

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