GSN Review: Pierre Croziet Cognac

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The house of Pierre Croizet Cognac has a history that reaches back to before the time when the Phylloxera crisis devastated the vineyards of France. One phenomenon that makes Pierre Croizet Cognac stand out in the distinctly masculine cognac world is the fact that there have been many strong-willed and influential female members of the family that have been in charge. Not only that, but they occupied extremely authoritative positions in the business, and have helped steer Pierre Croizet Cognac to where it is today.

Back when Phylloxera cast its shadow over the vines of Cognac, it was Amelina Croizet who was pivotal in ensuring that the family’s vineyards survived. She passed this fighting spirit on down through the generations, and many of the Croizet women proved to be determined and successful businesswomen. The knowledge gained over the years has been kept a closely guarded secret, and passed down from father and mother to daughter and son. One thing that everyone has had in common was to keep the traditional methods firmly in mind, whilst still advancing the cognac making process as technology advanced.

Cognac Pierre Croizet is today in the capable hands of Leopold Croizet. He is the latest in a long line of grape growers to combine both tradition and progress. As such, he has recently acquired further vineyards, and these reach across the borders of the Fins Bois region to cover an area of the Petite Champagne. Not only does this allow the house to produce eaux-de-vie from two very different areas, but also allows them to create cognacs in two distinctly different ranges.

Pierre Croizet’s Cognac range covers cognacs for all palates and pockets. Ranging from a VS through to an XO, they also offer some other, less traditionally labelled cognacs. These include the Pierre Croizet Valentine Cognac and the Pierre Croizet Excellence Cognac. The house also produces a Pineau des Charente.

Pierre Croziet VS Cognac (80 proof)
Visual: Gold.
Nose: Fresh, lively grape spirit with a decent amount of wood on the nose.
Taste: This tastes young, but it is full of potential.  The quality of the distillation is evident, but the aging has only barely begun to transform this into a truly beautiful cognac.
Finish: A little rough around the edges, but elements of butterscotch and caramel keep things tempered.
Overall: A perfect cognac for mixing in cocktails where the other elements tend to overshadow the spirit.  Regardless, this is better than virtually any VS American brandy.
GSN Rating: B

For more information go to: Pierre Croziet

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