A. Edmond Audry Mémorial Cognac AOC Fine Champagne
42% ABV, 750 ml, Blend of Grandes and Petites Champagnes A rich and complex aromatic palette: green pepper and fresh apple, spices, tobacco, roasted coffee beans, cocoa, and rancio combine to give a somptuous bouquet. On the palate: full-bodied and mellow with subtle touches of anis, violette and licorice. Persistent smooth honeyed satiny aftertaste.
The house of A. Edmond Audry was founded in 1878 by the great-great-grandfather of the current owner. In the early 1950s the Audry Company stopped selling cognac. However some very old stocks were held back in reserve in the hopes that Audry would one day rise again to the fore. That day came in 1978 when Bernard Boisson decided to perpetuate the family tradition that had remained dormant for four decades.
Audry is made from blends of the original reserve and a few lots bought from a small group of local growers; they no longer distill grapes, and are slowly using up their old casks. The results are divine. A standard XO can be released after six 1/2 years; Audry's basic XO is aged from 12 to 30 years. Its otherworldly Exception and “Reserve Aristide” have been aged up to six decades. Audry is a superb Cognac - exquisite, layered, and impeccably crafted. They release less than 10,000 bottles a year.
Their blends are made from the finest cognacs of the two premier districts of the Cognac area: Grande Champagne and Petite Champagne, and thus carry the Fine Champagne label. They are aged for many years, even decades, in barrels made of oak from the Limousin and Tronçais forests.
Descending from the two premium crus of the Cognac region, the fine, light and floral character of the Audry Mémorial is undeniable. These areas are unique, in that they have developed particular properties from millions of years of fossilization. The soil contains a high content of chalk and benefits from a maritime climate, which makes for easy drainage and refined eaux-de-vie. Then aged for decades in barrels of oak from the Limousin and Tronçais forests, they infuse with the tannins of the wood slowly and progressively and oxidizing with the cellar atmosphere. Only releasing a limited number of bottles per year for their Cognacs, Audry focus on quality and high value in production.