A. EDMOND AUDRY XO COGNAC AOC FINE CHAMPAGNE
The house of A. Edmond Audry was founded in 1878 by the great-great-grandfather of the current owner. In the early 1950s the Audry Company stopped selling cognac. However some very old stocks were held back in reserve in the hopes that Audry would one day rise again to the fore. That day came in 1978 when Bernard Boisson decided to perpetuate the family tradition that had remained dormant for four decades.
Audry is made from blends of the original reserve and a few lots bought from a small group of local growers; they no longer distill grapes, and are slowly using up their old casks. The results are divine. A standard XO can be released after six 1/2 years; Audry’s basic XO is aged from 12 to 30 years. Its otherworldly Exception and “Reserve Aristide” have been aged up to six decades. Audry is a superb Cognac – exquisite, layered, and impeccably crafted. They release less than 10,000 bottles a year.
Their blends are made from the finest cognacs of the two premier districts of the Cognac area: Grande Champagne and Petite Champagne, and thus carry the Fine Champagne label. They are aged for many years, even decades, in barrels made of oak from the Limousin and Tronçais forests.
The XO is made from 12 to 30 years average age. Smoke, burnt citrus and perfect caramelized sugar, with a perfumed tone and sweet peach highlights. Almost crystalline, with a delicate dry wood note on the finish.