This Cognac is an experiment of sorts. The cask was acquired by Nicolas Palazzi a decade ago from a renowned estate, and while the juice had potential, he felt it could be improved. Thus began a ten year project between Palazzi and Jean-Noel Pelletan, one of a small number of master coopers in France, known for his encyclopedic knowledge of all things Cognac and and casks as well as his huge collection of pre-20th century books detailing techniques used to produce and improve Cognac.
Everything done at Pelletan's cooperage and cellar is done by hand – there is no electricity and bottling is done by gravity, often taking months for just a few casks. Palazzi and Pelletan referenced the aforementioned pre20th century texts, seeking out and experimenting with old techniques to bring out the full potential of this cask.
A 20-25 year old Cognac bottled in July 2020