In the hands of 4th generation Patrick Drouet, this artisan distillery is nestled close to the town of Cognac on a 74 acre estate. The family owns vineyards in the Petite Champagne, but produces cognac only from their holdings in Grand Champagne’s 1er Cru, the top growth area of Cognac, which yield elegant eaux de vie perfect for long ageing in the French oak barrels. Accomplished master distiller Patrick Drouet is a true modern style old schooler, blending the traditional methods and new thinking. Between tending the vines, harvesting, vinification, distilling, ageing, and bottling, all taking place on the estate, Drouet is the essence of the Single Estate Cognac. Produced in small quantities and distilled with great precision and passion, Drouet cognacs are benchmarks, pure and stunningly smooth.
Drouet XO Ulysse Grande Champagne Cognac is matured for about 20 years, instead of 6 years minimum for XO designation. Drouet XO Ulysse Grande Champagne Cognac is a blend of only Grande Champagne eaux de vies, and is a work of several generations of distillers. Drouet XO Ulysse Grande Champagne Cognac bottling pays tribute to the current distiller Patrik Drouet’s great grandfather.
Ultimate Spirits Challenge – 96 Points.
NOSE: Delicate, vanilla, cafe au lait.
PALATE: Chocolate, orange peel, cinnamon, caramel, rose petals.
FINISH: Long, balanced, slight sweetness, nutmeg, spice.