Hors d'Age Ballon d'Or 2021

Ballon d’Or 2021: Hors d’Age favorite cognacs of the year

This trophy will not reward an Argentinian left-foot player: here is Hors d’Age’s Ballon d’Or 2021!

Ballon d'Or 2021 announcement

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magnificent cognacs tasted this year

#15

Heritage Rene Riviere Tres Vieille Reserve 40%

90+/100

Héritage René Rivière Très Vieille Réserve tasting notes

Beautiful Borderies cognac with great rancioted notes. A little frustrated with the lack of strength with this one to be honest, but it remains a solid 50yo+ Borderies.

Full review here 

#14

GRosperrin PETITE CHAMPAGNE 1974 47,5%

91/100

Cognac Hors d'Age

Wonderful millesimé from Courbiac Street. A delicious 2019 bottling and a nice example of how complex a P.C can be. 

Full review here 

#13

Grosperrin Borderies N°28 53,8%

91/100

Grosperrin Borderies N°28 tasting notes

Oh Borderies. Sweet Borderies. True gem here. Wild and surprisingly young on the palate. Not my favorite cognac from this cru in 2021 but it remains a stunning one. 

Full review here 

#12

Jean-Luc Pasquet Très Vieille Petite Champagne 44,3%

91/100

JLP Très Vieille Petite Champagne Confluences tasting notes Hors d'Age

Incredible work of assemblage here (L49/L62/L73). Nice promise for the following bottlings in this brand new JLP range. 

Full review here 

#11

Heritage Rene Riviere Grand Hommage 40%

91/100

Héritage René Rivière Grand Hommage tasting notes and brand

The kind of bottle you could find in a museum. Astonishing Borderies for many reasons: from a historical point of view of course, but also because you can spend hours on its nose.   However, I cannot help thinking of a 42/43% version of this one and how fabulous could it be. 

Full review here 

#10

Grosperrin Fins Bois N°58 44,5%

91/100

Grosperrin Fins Bois 1958 cognac tasting notes hors d'age

My last year’s 2nd favorite cognac was a Fins Bois.  2021 offered me some nice treasures from this underrated cru. And here is another proof that it can provide incredible eaux-de-vie. Totally deserves to be in this Ballon d’Or 2021 Top 10. 

Full review here 

#9

Grosperrin Bons Bois 50yo 47,8%

91+/100

Grosperrin Bons Bois 50 ans tasting notes 1

Mind-blowing Bons Bois. Elegant with a stunning rancio. Clearly unique. Also my favorite one from this cru, but I didn’t taste many for the moment (one of my 2022 cognac challenges for sure). 

Full review here 

#8

Heritage Rene Riviere Apanage 48%

91+/100

Héritage René Rivière Apanage tasting notes 2

My favorite cognac from Heritage Rene Rivière and my 2nd favorite from the Borderies this year. A wild animal rancio surrounded by waves of freshness and sugariness. Delight. 

Full review here 

#7

Malternative Belgium La Fête François Voyer 43,3%

91+/100

Malternative Belgium La Fete François Voyer Lot 71 2

Pieter made some great selections this year and this one is my favorite (but I didn’t taste them all). A funky Lot 71 G.C from François Voyer. 1971. The year Pink Floyd recorded their Live at Pompeii. Nothing related to cognac here,  but I’m just listening to this masterpiece while writing these words. 

Full review here 

#6

Jean-Luc Pasquet Le Cognac de Pierre 41,3%

91+/100

Jean-Luc Pasquet Le Cognac de Pierre L'esprit de Famille Lot 62 Special Petite Champagne Week tasting notes Hors d'Age

Jurignac and its famous Lot 62. This one is very close to 92 too. Marvelous acidulous tones combined to a mind-blowing mouth length. 

Full review here 

#5

Cognac Sponge Fins Bois 45 50,5%

92/100

Cognac Grosperrin Fins Bois N58

My favorite Fins Bois of 2021. Truly a great bottling from the Sponge. 1945. 50,5%. Another treasure from Grosperrin’s cellars. Where else can you find this kind of gem?

Full review here 

#4

Vallein Tercinier Lot 70 P.C 52%

92/100

Vallein Tercinier Lot 70 cognac tasting notes Hors d'Age

So here is my favorite P.C of 2021. Generous Petite Champagne, perfectly balanced between an acidulous fruitiness and a beautiful barrel effect, even if its ABV (52%) might be a bit frightening.

Full review here 

#3

Grosperrin Borderies N°64

92/100

Grosperrin Borderies N°64 tasting notes 1

My favorite from the Borderies in 2021. What a fabulous cognac! I’ve been lucky enough to taste it several times (straight from the cask and bottling version (I’ll post the review soon)) and each time I took a sip of this one I understood why I spent so much time in Courbiac Street this year. Totally deserves to be on the podium of this Ballon d’Or 2021.

Full review here 

#2

Grosperrin Grande Champagne 35/41 45,8%

92+/100

Cognac Grosperrin Grande Champagne 35/41

Very close to the Ballon d’Or. A magnificent old G.C with strong rancioted notes melted to a great freshness. It is without any doubt one of the most refined cognacs I tasted this year. 

Full review here 

#1

JLP LE Cognac de Régis L59 40,5%

93/100

JLP Le Cognac de Regis L59 Hors d'Age

And here is the Ballon d’Or 2021. Le Cognac de Regis. It is the very last L’Esprit de Famille (as this range is now called “Tresor de Famille”). Well, it’s a bit hard to explain how good this one is. A stunning 62yo G.C from Criteuil-La-Magdaleine that has the potential to evolve for hours in your glass. Quite P.C-like in my humble opinion. 

Finally, it’s important to underline the great work done by Amy and Jean here. Hats off to the Eraville’s gang! 

Full review here 

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