New Booze: Six New Cognacs Hit the States, All of Them Expensive
November 11, 2014
Six new cognacs are hitting the market from existing brands Hine and Tesseron.
Newly Available Tesseron Cognacs
For the first time, Tesseron will make its Signature Collection and Royal Blend bottlings available nationwide.
XO PASSION is an assemblage of 30 separate eaux-de-vie, each aged more than ten years. (SRP $300)
Extra LEGENDE is a marriage of reserves of Grande Champagne from 50 separate eaux-de-vie. (SRP $500)
TRESOR is a blend of more than 100 separate eaux-de-vie, aged in the Tesseron family’s Paradis cellars. (SRP $1,200)
ROYAL BLEND is a selection of fifty distinct Grande Champagne blends from Ugni Blanc and Colombard grapes. (SRP $1,500)
Domaines HINE Bonneuil 2005
HINE Vintage Cognacs and US importer Anchor Distilling Company will introduce a limited edition Grande Champagne cognac, Domaines HINE Bonneuil 2005. Bonneuil 2005 will be the first expression in a new collection of single grand cru, single harvest cognacs, originating from HINE’s own 297 acre estate, Domaines HINE. Each year, a selection will be made to create a new addition to the collection. Only 18 casks (8,100 bottles) of Bonneuil 2005 were selected for bottling. It will be available in the United States at a suggested retail price of $139.99 at 43% ABV.
The Domaines HINE Bonneuil 2005 consists solely of Ugni Blanc grapes, a late-maturing varietal that produces a dry, delicate white wine. Hine is one of the few houses in the Cognac region to have its own vineyard. The winter of 2004 was sunny with a few light frosts. The flowering season progressed well until early July. Temperatures soared to 35°C, creating dry conditions typical of hot years and triggering the onset of ripening a week earlier than usual. The grape harvest took place on 30th September, a hundred days after flowering, in fine sunshine.
In celebration of its 250th anniversary, the House of HINE has created HINE 250, a Grande Champagne cognac presented in a Baccarat crystal decanter in a limited edition of 250 bottles worldwide. This November, through Anchor Distilling Company, 10 bottles will be available within The United States at a suggested retail price of $15,000 at 42%ABV.
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