An original idea of present for Christmas or for a birthday : a PRUNIER vintage cognac at natural cask strength in an elegant wooden presentation box.
What is a vintage cognac?
A vintage cognac is a cognac or a blend of cognacs made with eaux-de-vie coming from a single harvest year. The year of the harvest is specified on the label. The trader or the winemaker must be able to prove the age of the spirit : each drum must be sealed and listed in the presence of a sworn representative.
The seal is only broken by the sworn representative for the bottling of the barrel’s contents. All along the ageing process, nothing can be added to or taken from the barrel. These spirits age with no personal touch from the cellar master. Once the ageing is completed, it is possible to assemble different terroirs of cognac (Grande Champagne, Petite Champagne, Borderies, Fins Bois, Bons Bois, Bois Ordinaires) and to reduce the alcohol content by adding distilled water only.
PRUNIER chooses the year depending on the quality of the harvest and distillation. This practice is more risky than a classic ageing as the eaux-de-vie are locked-in for several years or even several decades with no certainty about the result.
"Natural Cask strength": stronger and more concentrated cognacs.
This term was popularized by the Scottish people and designates a whisky which has not been diluted before bottling. However, the Charentais have also always used this practice and the producers used to consume their own Cognacs directly from their cellars, taken from the barrels, at the real degree.
PRUNIER vintage cognacs have the peculiarity of being the expression of one single cru of Cognac. For our vintages, we only select eaux-de-vie from Grande Champagne, Petite Champagne, Borderies, or Fins Bois.
Wooden case and exclusive bubble bottle
Our vintages are directly inspired by a bottle created in the 19th century by the ancestors of the current manager. This bottle was hand blown, manufactured in France according to a traditional method, the glass containing air bubble. Today, the bottles are still made in France following a semi-manual process with air manually injected in the glass for each bottle. This long manufacturing process makes each bottle unique. All the bottles of a selected vintage are numbered and limited to a few hundred units. These bottles are sealed with wax.
How to enjoy a vintage "natural cask strength"
Drinking a vintage cognac is a very pure approach that emphasizes its authenticity but it can also disturb lovers of standardized blends.
It is possible to taste these vintages by adding a few drops of pure water to reduce the alcohol content. These cognacs can be consumed as a digestive or as an aperitif on an ice cube. It is recommended to use a Tulip glass which concentrates the aromas and releases them smoothly unlike the wine glass.
We hope you will enjoy our vintage cognacs.