Through the Grande Champagne

François Voyer

François Voyer cognac cellars

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Nested a few kilometers away from Segonzac, here is François Voyer and its 28 hectares of vines. A venerable house aware of today’s trends, open-minded on independent bottlers collaborations (LMDW, Malternative Belgium, Velier), something that was quite uncommon in the cognac world back to 2010. 

After a pleasant visit through the vines, the distillation room, and the cellars, I faced the most difficult thing on Earth : a tasting session. Just kidding. So here is a little recap of this great moment!

 

FRANÇOIS VOYER VSOP

François Voyer VSOP tasting notes Hors d'Age

Grande Champagne – 6yo+ – 40%

An interesting VSOP but a tad below my expectations. After a very convincing Napoleon, I was looking for a generous young G.C, oscillating between young orchard, honey, and freshness. I found something convincing, but there is a lack of precision for this one and the wood influence was a bit too strong in my humble opinion. 

My very subjective note: 79+

Full review here 

François Voyer XO cognac tasting notes Hors d'Age

FRANÇOIS VOYER XO

François Voyer XO bottle cognac tasting notes Hors d'Age

Grande Champagne – 15/20yo – 40%

Great orchards and candied citruses notes melted to spicy and nutty shades. Subtle with a correct mouth length. But still something about the wood influence with this one. A standard G.C but it has the potential of something bigger (42/43%?).

My very subjective note: 85+

Full review here

FRANCOIS VOYER XO GOLD

François Voyer XO Gold bottle cognac tasting notes Hors d'Age

Grande Champagne – 20/30yo – 40%

A tad more on roasted notes than the XO. Still a nice fruitiness on candied citruses, and you also find raisins and figs notes. A smooth mix of freshness and bitterness in the aftertaste. The wood influence is more balanced here, but it could be a little better in my humble opinion.

My very subjective note: 86

Full review here

 

François Voyer Extra Cogna Tasting Notes Hors d'Age

François Voyer Extra

François Voyer Extra Bottle cognac tasting notes Hors d'Age

Grande Champagne – around 35yo – 42%

Here we are! This Extra is the clutch bottle in Voyer’s range. 2 extra degrees to reach another level of balance and complexity. Opulent fruitiness, perfectly balanced wood influence, delicious rancioted shades.  Everything to make a stunning G.C.  

My very subjective note: 89+

Full review here

François Voyer Hors d'Age

François Voyer Hors d'Age Cognac tasting notes

Grande Champagne – 40/60yo – 43%

Triple bang! Magnificent old G.C. Very funky and exuberant. Exotic fruits, tobacco-y aromas, vegetable shades. Sweet finesse is answering to strong rancioted notes. Incredible mouth length. 

I didn’t re-taste this one in perfect conditions, so here is (for the moment) an approximative note 

My very subjective note: 90-91+

 

François Voyer Ancestral N°8

François Voyer Ancestral N°8

François Voyer Ancestral N°8 tasting notes

Grande Champagne – Assemblage of 1948 and 1971 – 44,3%

A beautiful nose that could keep you above the glass for hours. Very delicate palate with an acidulous texture not that far from something you also find in old P.C cognacs. A bit less talkative than the Hors d’Age, probably a bit less exotic too, but it remains a solid G.C if you ask me. 

Like the Hors d’Age, I didn’t re-taste this one in perfect conditions, so here is (for the moment) an approximative note 

My very subjective note: 88-90

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