Cognac

Héritage de René Rivière 1925

One year ago, I published an article telling the tasting of a mystery sample. In this article, I explained how I found “nice” a Don Papa Rare Cask, all this blindly and to the great amusement of my friend Claus who sent it to me !

May 2020, in full deconfinement, I receive a new mystery sample from an another nice guy, but this time there is a clue … “C 1929” and “give it times, it deserves it !

So here I am re-embarked on a blind tasting which promises to be very friendly, the person who offered me this sample used to go looking for very beautiful things!

Basically, the article was to be called “The mystery sample part II“, but given the quality of this sample, I could not not mention the name directly in the title … so for the surprise effect, it’s effectively not great 🙂

Nose

At the opening of the sample, directly no doubt for me, we are in the presence of a cognac, and it looks very fruity, exotic limit … I love cognacs in this style!

Exotic fruits so with passion, mango, guava, papaya, citrus, peach, apricots … it is very fruity and a tangy candy / cola aspect.

Behind that, as the frame we find a fine caramelized, wood, a few more notes on milk chocolate, tobacco and a little pepper.

The alcohol is really melted, I would say a little 40-43% in terms of alcohol levels, but it’s still very complicated with old spirits.

A very fragrant nose therefore, seductive, elegant and delicious.

Palate

Very sweet, more woody than the nose with a nice chocolatey frame, tobacco, toffee. The contrast between the nose and the mouth is quite marked … we are traveling to something else there.

The fruits are quite present but more stewed with always these apricots, quetsche and these exotic fruits as desired. We always find this harlequin candy side in fact, very fragrant and a freshness more than astonishing compared to the great age of this spirit.

The finish is very long for a very well integrated alcohol. Pwa it’s good … I stay on my first impression, it is of course a cognac.

Price

400€

Conclusion

Result, yes it is indeed a cognac… and a very old cognac even because it does not date from 1929 but from 1925!

This is the first opus of the youngest on the place of bottlers in Belgium, Malternative Belgium, not far from my home. And as the name suggests, it will not be whisky but a cognac from Héritage by René Rivière.

Measuring 49%, this venerable cognac has been bottled 66 times from a Dame Jeanne which dates it from 1981. This brandy would therefore have remained 56 years in barrel and was distilled over 95 years ago! Always a great time to taste such monuments.

This juice is really superb…. really a great class!

Score

93/100

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