Audry Tres Ancienne Exception Fine Champagne Cognac is the top-of-the-line of the regular Audry offerings, with only the very finest stocks going into the final blend. 80% Grande Champagne, 20% Petite Champagne. Conceived with the same philosophy as the Mémorial, Exception uses even older stocks, some dating back as far as 1914. With Exception, Audry perfectly marries strength and power with subtlety and finesse. Has great acidity and an exceptional aromatic richness: at first old oak, roasted pear, with overtones of almond paste and then nougat and rancio come to the fore. “I am delighted by what is now clear evidence of the most coveted cognac virtue of all, the nuance of rancio, this precious gift arising from the oxidation process and a very long maturing period.” –Paul Pacult/Spirit Journal
The house of A. Edmond Audry was founded in 1878 by the great-great-grandfather of the current owner. In the early 1950s, the Audry Company stopped selling cognac. However some very old stocks were held back in reserve in the hopes that Audry would one day rise again to the fore. That day came in 1978 when Bernard Boisson, a lawyer by training, decided to resurrect the family tradition that had remained dormant for four decades. The family stopped distilling in 1974, so Audry is made from blends of the original reserve and a few lots bought from a small group of Charentais growers.