GIBOIN L'ESSENTIEL TRES VIEUX BORDERIES 46,5%
This one is an assemblage 2002 (16%), 2005 (42%), 2009 (42%) from the Borderies cru bottled at 46,5% for Cognac-Expert and their L’Essentiel range.
Colour: Amber, gold lights. Irregular heavy tears.
Nose: Spicy and floral notes. Strong hay scents. Just cooked bread. Great cereal shades. Nice overture on potpourri and jasmine. Nice sugariness on white melon. A bit austere even if there is a tad of freshness with more air. A little on exotic fruits (passion fruits) underlined by a vivid freshness on sandalwood.
Palate: Sweet texture. Woody tones. Light fruitiness surrounded by various spices: caraway, Sichuan pepper, cardamom. Great mouth length and the ABV seems to be at the right high here. Reminds me a bit of the rustic of the Borderies 11 ans by Grosperrin.
Last Notes: A tad more on tannins with more air. In fact, I think it hides a bit the potential richness of this Borderies. Great scents of tinned pears and elegant flowery shades by the way. But yes, too much tannins for me.
Another interesting L’Essentiel bottling. Not my favorite but a very unique cognac for sure.
My very subjective note: 84/100