Today, Cognac Park USA announced it had received a prestigious award for Best of Category—Cognac from the American Distilling Institute’s recently concluded 10th Annual Judging of Craft Spirits.
It’s always gratifying when a sensory opinion is substantiated, so it was with sincere delight that I received the announcement declaring one of my most highly regarded cognacs, the Cognac Park Single Vineyard Borderies, from the cellars of Tessendier et Fils, for this well-deserved honor.
Borderies is the smallest designated cru in Cognac, highly prized by many producers for its unique attributes of eau-de-vie. The low-lying, moist marshlands sitting on top of heavy clay soils produces a particularly floral and fruity cognac with an elegant spicy undertone; the eau-de-vie blends quite well to soften and mellow the more stern and slow-aging Grande Champagne and Petite Champagne stocks. As a plus, the Borderies matures faster than the other crus and thus allows earlier release of blends.
Cognac Park, however, releases a fairly rare creature, a 100% Borderies from a single vineyard, and it is nothing short of spectacular.
Seductive and charming with an abundance of fruit, subtle underplay of spices, and with a beguiling warmth and resonance in the finish that seems to linger forever, the Park Borderies Single Vineyard Cognac is a remarkable brandy.
(I use the Park Borderies whenever I encounter anyone unsure or hesitant about whether they’ll like cognac; it’s simple: if they don’t like the Park Borderies, it is doubtful they’ll ever like any other cognac!).
Oregonians can enjoy a special abundance of the Cognac Park Borderies, for bartenders and connoisseurs have embraced it and several iterations are available through the state stores and in many upscale bars and restaurants.
The Park Borderies is offered in both the 200ml and regular 750ml sizes. There are also separate offerings of Single Barrel Borderies—that’s correct, Single Barrel Single Vineyard Borderies!—brought in by special orders. The Multnomah Whiskey Library, that temple of all things spirited, has its own Single Barrel of Cognac Park Borderies 18 Year Old, which it offers by the glass or in bespoke cocktails. In addition, several establishments also have a Single Barrel Borderies 18 Year Old selected by the Oregon Bartenders Guild.
Now that’s a luxury Oregonian cognac aficionados will love: being able to taste and compare two separate single barrels of a well-matured single vineyard Borderies Cognac from one of the finest artisanal producers, Tessendier et Fils/Cognac Park.
Congratulations to Cognac Park for earning the well-deserved American Distilling Institute award for Best of Category. And thanks to Oregon for having so much of it to enjoy.