The cognac has an aroma of ripe orchard fruits, green apples and pears, along with notes of caramel and butterscotch. The aroma opens up to notes of orange and lemon zest, along with touches of cinnamon, tropical fruits and pastries. The finish, which is long and elegant, has a smooth touch of caramelized apples. Arguably the finest V.S.O.P. available.
Once the Ugni Blanc grapes have been harvested, they are pressed and the remaining grape juice is fermented into a wine. Then, Line distills the wine twice through a traditional copper still, before maturing the cognac in bespoke, French oak barrels (the oak is sourced from the Limousin and Troncais forests in France, and the barrels rest in Line's cellars).
The legal age requirement for V.S.O.P. is now 4 years, but Guillon-Painturaud requires 15 years. The V.S.O.P. is a Cognac of finesse and refinement. It is like a fine Burgundy: finesse, elegant and pure. The aromatics are well articulated and precise. Complexity that is pure Cognac. After an average of 15 years in barrel the Cognac is brought to proof and hand bottled.