Delamain Vesper

 

Created in the 1950s, this Grande Champagne Cognac has a more classic character.

 

The brandies that compose this blend are older than those used for Pale & Dry. Vesper has a distinctly more amber hue, with a bright glint of pure gold.

 

Its suave bouquet reveals its complexity in the glass: a hint of oak soon gives way to scents of underwood, dry vine shoots, vanilla and, finally, sunburnt grape pips.

 

Then one must “sacrifice” the bouquet by swallowing the Cognac and letting it reach every part of one’s mouth, where the same delights will linger on majestically.

 

Vesper’s fullness, maturity and extreme mellowness make it a choice companion for an after-dinner moment of relaxation.

 

Tasting notes:

 

Growth : 100% Grande Champagne.

 

Origin : Selection from local growers-distillers.

 

Blend : Blend of various old Grande Champagne Cognacs.

 

Ageing: Each Cognacs are aged separately longer than for the Pale & Dry, 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 50% vol.) is very slowly broken down at 40% with weak old Grande Champagne at 15% which enrich the blend.

 

Style : Roundness, body, length, maturity and mellowness.

 

Bouquet : Power of the perfumes, length of the fragrance. Suavity. Scents of underwood, dry vine shoots, vanilla (rancio).

 

Savor : Fullness, maturity, extreme mellowness. Intense fruitiness.

 

Color : Amber hue with a bright glint of pure gold.

 

Strength : 40% vol.

 

Name : Vesper, from the sixth canonical hour celebrated each late-afternoon in song to reflect its richness and the worshipful sense it imparts.

 

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