In the second half of our visit to Château d'Orignac, I was lucky enough to witness the blending of our Society's VSOP Cognac.
Blending The Society's Cognac in front of a roaring fire
After our epic tasting of Pineau des Charentes we went back through to Yvan's living room. Sat on the coffee table in front of a roaring log fire were two rows of glasses, each filled with Cognacs.
The first row was all individual barrel samples of different single-vintage, single-origin Cognacs, while the second row was made up of some blends Yvan had made up that morning.
After some discussion between the two of them, Sarah and Yvan mutually agreed upon a tweaked version of one of his blends, showing Yvan's long-term understanding of our house style. As Sarah explained, her chosen blend was not the fullest, nor was it the lightest, but it was the most drinkable – and after all, what more could you want?
The eagle-eyed Cognac drinkers among you might have also noticed that the new blend of The Society's VSOP Cognac is lighter in colour than previous incarnations, as Sarah asked Yvan not to add caramel to colour the Cognac, preferring it in its lighter, natural state.
Yvan's mum packaging up some lemon verbena - one of her favourite things to macerate in cognac
And so, job done, and after a fantastic lunch cooked by Yvan's mother (at the end of which she pulled out a whole series of bottles in which she had macerated various plants from her garden in Yvan's VSOP Cognac – but that's a story for another day!) we sadly said our goodbyes and continued on our journey.
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