Situated along the banks of France’s Charente river, entirely within Cognac’s Grande Champagne cru, the 11 hectars Navarre Estate was founded in 1811. Owner Jacky Navarre is a fourth generation distiller. He works under one simple rule: “Let the nature do (most of the) work”. Navarre’s vineyard are mostly composed of Ugni Blanc, with about 6% Folle Blanche, 6% Colombard, 32 acres Merlot, ans 23 acres Cabernet Franc. Grapes are hand harvested, and immediately fermented and distilled in a 30 hectoliter copper pot “charentais” still. After distillation, the spirit matures in oak barrels for a minimum of 30 years.
Navarre Vieille Reserve Grande Fine Champagne Cognac is matured for over 50 years. The humid environment of the Estate naturally reduces the cognac to about 45% alc/vol. during its three to five decade long maturation. Navarre Vieille Reserve Grande Fine Champagne Cognac is the only Navarre Cognac imported to the United States, which is released in very limited quantity, due ti its meticulous production. This is a standout rustic bottling, from the one of the last remaining purists of the cognac industry.
NOSE: Rich, notes of dried apricots, raisins, grapes, spice.
PALATE: Full bodies, earthy, oak, old leather, vanilla, raisins and dried fruit, oak, spice, very complex.
FINISH: Long, cinnamon, oak, spice, honey.