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Visiting & Tasting Château Montifaud, Household Cognac Maker since 1866

Château Montifaud is a sixth-generation family-owned Cognac distillery situated close to Jarnac within the Petite Champagne sub-area of the Cognac appellation.

The winery was first created established as Montifaud in 1837 by Augustin, and has seen the succession of Pierre, Maurice, Louis, and Michel earlier than Laurent, the present supervisor took over the property in 2000. The household cellars have been ageing Cognacs since 1866.

In contrast to the Maisons of Cognac that always purchase spirits from different producers for ageing them, Château Montifaud grows all grapes essential to the manufacturing of its Cognacs and Pineau des Charentes on estate-owned vineyards (10 hectares in Grande Champagne and 120 ha in Petite Champagne).

Laurent Vallet is a passionate and really pleasant Cognac maker, placing an unimaginable consideration to element into the crafting of his spirits. The outcome?

Chateau Montifaud Cognac function a signature model that’s floral with a continuing smoothness to the expression. They’re cognacs that haven’t any aggressiveness in any way, a relaxed growth on the palate, and ship a comforting tasting expertise.

Go to a Cognac Distillery at Château Montifaud

Château Montifaud presents tastings on the cellar door, in addition to guided excursions out there upon reservation.

Guests will see the luxurious alambics (copper stills), the mixing and ageing rooms, following alongside the crafting technique of Cognac.

Be taught extra about Chateau Montifaud and excursions at chateaumontifaud.com

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Tasting Château Montifaud’s Cognacs & Pineau des Charentes

The distillery presents an excellent intensive vary of Cognacs, from VS to very uncommon and previous Cognacs, via XO, Napoleon, classic, and particular bottlings.

Discover beneath my tasting notes for these I tasted.

Château Montifaud V.S. Tremendous Petite Champagne: blended from eaux-de-vie aged for Four-5 years. Dense and floral, that is already deep and sophisticated for a VS. Delicate notes of basswood and vine flowers for an over clean and chic expression.

Reserve Michel Vallet: Notes of dried flowers, honey, potpourri, combined herbs and delicate spices. A whole, ample and deep Cognac additionally that includes nice freshness of flavors and purity of its floral characters. Balanced and spherical.

X.O.: about 30 years previous. Ample and beneficiant, but with an excellent rigidity. Delicate tannins, at all times the signature floral expression character, mixed to savory wooden ashes tones. The depth and sophisticated spectrum of flavors of a really previous Cognac. A wonderful XO.

L50 Héritage Louis Vallet: the cognacs of Laurent’s grandfather (and the cognacs Laurent drinks on a Saturday night time). A uncommon household reserve Cognac, exceptionally lengthy however nonetheless energetic and lifted, stuffed with dried and contemporary apricot and flowers, but and immense depth and complexity.

Classic 1976 Cognac Millésimé: 43% abv. A great deal of character and persona, a Cognac with punch and barely edgy tannins, barely smoky, massive hearted, wonderful for connoisseurs searching for a singular expression, not tamed by the mixing.

Vieux Pineau des Charentes Blanc & Rouge: Aged for 10 years in French oak, a uncommon trait for Pineaus. Each are deep, and surprisingly intense, not solely your common fruit character, however the smoky oakiness of an extended ageing, and the beneficiant heat of the Cognac in there, with dried apricot and pineapple.

Be taught extra about Château Montifaud and all their Cognacs on chateaumontifaud.com