Delamain Pale and Dry XO
Developed in the 1920s, this Grande Champagne Cognac is the house’s main and most representative product (eighty per cent of the firm’s output).
It is extremely clear and bright, much paler than any other traditional Cognac. Its colour is an intensely brilliant and velvety gold. Pale & Dry is composed of old brandies from properties in the Grande Champagne. This average age gives Pale & Dry a mellowness that penetrates the Cognac’s lively and very fine “bite”.
The final blend, itself aged for two years, is enriched with a small amount of “weak old” Grande Champagne brandies (vieilles faibles). These have lost virtually all their alcohol content, but contribute an irreplaceable fragrance of sun-dried grapes.
On the palate, the bouquet acquires an intense fruitiness, accompanied by floral scents and a lingering aftertaste of vanilla subtly laced with liquorice.
Growth : 100% Grande Champagne.
Origin : Selection from local growers-distillers.
Blend : Blend of various old Grande Champagne Cognacs.
Ageing : Each Cognacs are aged separately during many long years owing to their origin and then the blend itself, made at the end of the ageing period, is aged for two years more (marriage).
Cask : Matured in well seasoned Limousin oak casks (350L).
Cellar : Old cellars near the river, more humid than dry.
Faibles : The blend at natural strength (around 55% vol.) is very slowly broken down at 40% with weak old Grande Champagne at 15% which enrich the blend.
Style : Delicacy, length, fruitiness and mellowness.
Bouquet : Power of the perfumes, length of the fragrance. Floral scents, lingering aftertaste of vanilla (rancio).
Savor : Mellowness, roundness, age. Intense fruitiness.
Color : Extremely clear and bright, brilliant and velvety gold.
Strength : 40% vol.
Name : Pale & Dry, “Pale” because it is much paler than other Cognacs of this age due to the natural pale color of the Cognacs used in the blend which are all matured in old casks and “Dry” because it has only its natural sweetness.
Delamain Pale and Dry XO - Cognac Details
Price of this cognac: €60-80
Growth Area (Cru): Grande Champagne
Grape variety: Various grapes