Jacques Esteve was one of the most exciting producers we visited in Cognac this January. His fruit is all estate and the brandies are distilled on site in a small room next to his garage. Pulling into the driveway, you wonder where the distillery is, but it's all carefully integrated into his country property. His barrels sit underneath his house and age gracefully amidst the cobwebs. Esteve's grapes and Cognac are in big demand right now with some of the large production houses and it's clear as to why. The Cognacs bring richness and weight while retaining their finesse. The Coup de Coeur is a blend of 1979 and 1981 vintages that begins with soft citrus on the nose before blossoming into a warming and supple palate. Barrel spice and nutty flavors balance out the sweetness and the flavors are in perfect harmony on the finish. If there's a better deal in Cognac for less than $110, we've yet to find one. For those looking for more intense flavor and character, rather than the lighter more delicate style, this Cognac is for you.
Interesting, seductive and delicious are the three words that best describe this Cognac. The floral aromas are complex and have a hint of spice with them. In the mouth it is soft, a little spicy and delicate. There is a nice long finish. One of the best Cognacs that I have tasted in a long time.
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