Philippe de Castaigne Très Belle

 
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Philippe de Castaigne Très Belle is a Grande Champagne Cognac, distilled in 1850, and made entirely from Folle Blanche, the ancient grape which was dominant until 1878 when the Phylloxera devastated the European vineyards. This extremely rare Cognac matured in French Oak until the end of the 19th century and was then transferred to Dame-Jeannes, large glass bottles with a content of around 50 liters. Around 1989 a very small numbers of bottles where released, from perhaps just one single Dame-Jeanne. Since Très Belle was bottled late and due to the use of good-quality corks there is hardly any evaporation and, as such, the quality of this Cognac is as exceptional as it was 100 years ago.

 

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Philippe de Castaigne started producing Cognac in 1860 and remained doing so until the end of the 19th century. Most likely his business collapsed due to the Phylloxera outbreak which ended the rain of Cognac which lost her dominant position to whisky, a position which would never be conquered again. Around 1989, undoubtly inspired by the success of Moyet, the brand was re-introduced by Philippe Valentin-Dulac, related to Philippe de Castaigne. In order to generate turnover the old stocks where bottled but due to a incomplete registration they where forbidden by French law to sell these with a vintage date. Instead they released them under some intreaging names: Très Rare, Très Vieux and Extra Vieux (35 ans). The rarest of them all however was the Très Belle, the only 100% Folle Blanche release and, as such, the only expression which contained 100% Cognac from 1850 (the others where blends containing both 1850 and 1893). Despite all efforts this venture turned out unsuccesfull and in 1994 the company laid down her books.

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