Founded in 1880 by Honoré Fillioux in the heart of the Grande Champagne, this outstanding cognac house is now run by his great grandson Pascal J. Fillioux. Pascal is a very small and passionate producer making a range of natural, trditionally-styled cognacs.
All of the fruit for this beautiful cognac is selected by Pascal, and is fermented, distilled and aged as are all of his venerable “estate” cognacs. The Balzac VSOP has an average age of 4 and a half years old, just above the bare minimum for a VSOP. Despite this, it is one of the most immediately pleasing VSOP cognacs available today. It is surprisingly soft and rich with vivid flavors of orange confit, caramel and spice.
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Viticulture in the Southwest of France was initially established by Phocaean traders and certainly expanded under Roman occupation. The region’s network of rivers made it possible to transport its wines to distant markets and by the 2nd Century AD, wines from the Southwest were the most highly prized in Europe.
The vine louse, phylloxera, literally wiped out the vineyards and the 2000 year-old traditions of the region. A renaissance that began in the 1950s continues to this day as enthusiastic growers and a new generation of winemakers reestablish the ancient vineyards.
Cognac, which is produced in an area north of Bordeaux is a distinct brandy, noted for it’s elegant, perfumed character.
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