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cognac #6 "La fine fleur" (Lot 1906) - Malternative Belgium - 40,2%

cognac #6 "La fine fleur" (Lot 1906) - Malternative Belgium - 40,2%
cognac #6 "La fine fleur" (Lot 1906) - Malternative Belgium - 40,2%
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Héritage René Rivière, Saint-Sulpice, France Lot 1906 (1906) - 40,2% alcohol - 70cl - cru : borderies - one of 44 bottles

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Distilled in 1906 - kept in dame jeanne since 1983 - 77 years old cognac !

Héritage René Rivière 1906, a cognac of exceptional quality. kept since 1983 in dame jeanne, 2 october 2020 botteld. a new pre-war find. So silky smooth and complex. Very alive for his age. Overripe yellow fruit, ripe mellon, bergamot and jonagold apples. A very aromatic and complex cognac. Nice fresh spiceness and ginger, earl grey thee ald old tabac. How grateful we are to be able to enjoy this old stuff. 

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Knapen Pieter - 01-01-2021 10:09

Serge Valentin,, 01/01/2021
La fine fleur means the cream of the crop, while Lot 1906 should mean vintage 1906 – I suppose they just haven’t got all the proper records, stamps and signatures in the book. Provided they have the book, that is. But imagine, 1906, Clemenceau was probably the Prime Minister when this was distilled, as he took office on October 25, 1906. There were also great strikes in 1906, but well, this is France and France without strikes and demonstrations is like a guitar without strings. Did you know we even organise demonstrations for tourists? Every Saturday on the Champs-Elysées, starts around 14h00, don’t be late or you’ll miss the rubbish bins being set on fire and the water cannons! Colour: amber. Nose: forgot to say, this moving juice was transferred from oak to a demi-john in 1983, so technically, it should be around 77 years old. On the nose it’s rather on nuts and cakes, hazelnuts, biscuits, marzipan, apple compote, small bits of bananas perhaps, butter pears, hand cream… So it is pretty shy I would say, discreet, elegant… In short it does not impose itself at all. Mouth: it is still discreet and elegant, but it’s also got many more fruits than expected, with the aforementioned bits of bananas, as well as mead, the usual preserved peaches, and small herbal bits, coriander, lovage, mint… Pretty simple, but fresh and good. And remember, 1906. Finish: a little short but there, it’s refreshing and leaves no dryness. Unexpected strawberries in the aftertaste. Comments: I’ve just read that René Rivière, while he was a winegrower and distiller, has also been a ‘poilu’ in 1914/1918. But luckily, he came back from the great war while so many did not. I’m sure he’s had occasional sips of his very fine 1906 until his passing, in 1969.
SGP:641 - 85 points.
(95 points emotional – à votre salut, René Rivière !).

Knapen Pieter - 30-11-2020 08:51

Ruben Luyten,, 30/11/2020

Nose: very soft and restrained, especially in a direct comparison with the others. A vague fruitiness, very ripe plums and apples, honeydew and fruit tarts. Nice hints of candied fruits as well, not just fresh ones. Dried flowers. Drops of caramel and tobacco. All good but it needs time.
Mouth: still fresh, certainly not tired. Tobacco and orange sourness, cedar wood, a few raisins and lots of rooty / leafy notes. A little liquorice and herbal tea or Darjeeling. Rather drier towards the end but always in a smooth way.
Finish: not too long, still on sweet spices, chocolate mints and oriental pastries.
Really good, but lacking a bit of power. Great to see this freshness after so many years, but not my favourite release from Malternative so far.

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