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Cognac Jacques Estève
Jacques Esteve is the sixth generation cognac producer on the 49 hectares estate in Celles, part of the Petite Champagne. However, a small stream called the Né borders the wine-growing estate and is used as an ad- ministrative border between the two Charentes regions that delimit the vineyards of the Grande and Petite Champagne. This close proximity, identical subsoil and a unanimously recognized know-how generate Cognacs whose finesse is renowned within the region. We met Jacques back in 2002 and is now retired. His son Philippe (the 7th generation) presently cultivates 49 hectares of vines and operates two stills during the early winter months.
While Philippe ages some of his spirits, the great majority is sold young to Hennessey and Remy Martin. Jacques stopped distilling himself in the nineties but still looks after his stock with utmost care. In fact, his entry level cognac has a minimum age of 25 years. While wonderful, we were looking for something a bit younger to offer to our customers, something that could sell at a price point that would make it easy for people to buy. So after much discussion, we came up with a particular release that we called Hors d’Age which comes from the 2006 vintage alone. We requested that the blend be free of any of the permitted additives except water, which brings its strength down to 40% ABV.
The Esteve’s are artisanal, independent producers in the Petite Champagne whom everyone in the Cognac region knows, likes and respects. Much of that esteem comes from their organization, hospitality and approachability: but the great majority of reverence comes from their adherence to tradition and their marvelous collection of young, middle-aged and pre-phylloxera cognacs.