Léopold Gourmel is an artisanal Cognac house, founded by Olivier Blanc in 1972....
Léopold Gourmel was Olivier's grand-father, a famous viticulteur and horse saddler (hence the horse's head, which features on all the Cognac bottles). Olivier's aim was to make 'intelligent' Cognacs that remained faithful to nature, by avoiding the usual standardization and blending of Cognacs (instead he makes his Cognacs from a single vintage), and rejecting the legal use of additives. His Cognacs are classed according to the length of time they age, with 10, 15 and 20 Carats reflecting the minimum of 10, 15 or 20 years that the Cognacs have aged. Uniquely, he also classes his Cognacs according to the dominant aromas they age: Fruit, Floral or Spice aromas.Vineyards
Léopold Gourmel cognacs originate in vineyards located in the hilly Premier Cru, or First Growth, of Fins Bois, where the oldest subsoils of the region are found and where exposure to the sun is excellent. No chemicals or pesticides are used on the vineyards. Olivier's team prune the vines to give half the average cognac yield which increases concentration of the base wines. The vines are between 15-45 years old, with high density, almost three times the region's average at 5,000 vines per hectare.
Each vineyard is harvested and fermented separately. Atypically for the region, all Olivier's cognacs are made from a single vintage. The wines age on their fine lees to increase intensity and complexity. A "fat" distillation takes place to create a slightly less pure but more aromatic spirit, with greater ageing potential. The cognacs age in fine-grain Allier oak casks, of which 20% is new. A light filtration removes any residues left in the spirit without stripping the aromas and flavours. Reduction of the alcohol level from 70% to 40% takes place as slowly as possible, by adding the spirit to water (adding water to the spirit is the more common practice but this encourages the loss of aromas, and results in a cognac with a soapy, creamy flavour). Unlike cognacs on the mass-market, no additives are used. Premieres Saveurs is the youngest Cognac; it is aged for six years and, using the traditional system, is equivalent to an older V.S.O.P.
Pale gold in colour this cognac has fresh, subtle aromas of white peach and pear. On the palate it is clean and intense with a refreshing, long lasting finish.