Raymond Ragnaud "K&L Exclusive - Reserve Rare" Cognac (750ml) SKU #1091376

Price: $115.99

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Tasting Notes

This Grand Champagne Cognac from Ragnaud represents our dedicated efforts to find excellent Cognac without the use of additional sweetners or traditional boise. Distiller Jean-Marie has spent the last 30 years perfecting his pot-still brandies into delicate expressions of the fantastic terroir in the area. He is a firm believer in the idea that the limestone-rich soils of Grande Champagne produce wines that, when distilled, create brandies capable of aging in barrel for eternity. While we originally came in search of single-barrel Cognac, we tasted a few out of the cask and soon realized that Grand Champagne Cognac doesn't taste all that great in its youth--and by "youth" we mean anytime in the first 20 years of its life--nor does it taste too great out of the barrel. Usually the blends have more complexity because the expressive "young" brandy is balanced with the richness from older vintages. The Reserve Rare was our favorite of the expressions, exhibiting beautiful concentration and the elegance we've come to expect from world-class Cognac producers. Gentle richness on the entry leads into flavors of toasted nuts, stone fruit and vanilla, before finishing with a soft dash of baking spices. A masterful Cognac that managed to seduce us with subtlety and style, rather than with sweetness and weight.

Staff Reviews

  • Jeffrey Jones
    By: Jeffrey Jones
    9/25/2015
    K&L Staff Member
    Beautiful and pretty floral and citrus aromas introduce this Cognac. It is soft and and easy to drink, with a refreshing, delicate fruitiness. This would be a wonderful end to an evening's meal.
  • Dulcinea Gonzalez
    By: Dulcinea Gonzalez
    9/21/2015
    K&L Staff Member
    Raymond Ragnaud Reserve Rare is an elegant, yet rich full-bodied Cognac displaying a delicious aromas of toffee, vanilla and spice. The mouth is lush, shows depth with notes of dried apricot, roasted nuts and drinks incredibly smooth. This is the perfect luxury spirit to be savored on a chilly autumn evening or consumed after an amazing dinner. It's a total treat. Buy a bottle now for Thanksgiving before they sell out!

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