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Le Cognac de Claude L.64
  • Le Cognac de Claude L.64
  • Le Cognac de Claude L.64

Le Cognac de Claude L.64

Claude L.64 Cognac is a “Fruit bomb” with an incredible rancio, a unique tannic structure. A Grand Cognac from Grande Champagne

Single estate, single cask cognac

A cognac of extraordinary complexity designed for sipping

500ml – 47,4% vol.

€291.67
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Le cognac de claude

IDENTITY RECORD

Growth Area

Grande Champagne

Number of casks

1

ABV

47,4%

Contains

500ml

Grape variety

Ugni Blanc

Number of bottles

377

Lot

L.64

AROMATIC PROFILE

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Flavors

Structure

Citrus
7
Flowers
5
Spices
9
Fruit
7
Wood
9
7
Attack
8
Complexity
5
Sweetness
9
Length

THE STORY

Born six months before his father was drafted into World War II, Claude Duluc is still around today to share his colorful experiences. Although Touzac is his hometown, his father’s family hails from the Bas Armagnac region of Gascony. In 1928, Claude’s father, Gatien, came to the Charente as a young man in search of a better life.

Nearby, in Touzac, the Glemet family was also running their own Grande Champagne vineyard. Edith Glemet and Gatien met and fell in love. They wed in April 1937. War separated the young couple and Edith went home to her parents while Gatien was held prisoner at a farm in Germany. He returned in 1945 to his wife and son and took over the 6 hectares of vines from his father-in-law, Jérôme Glemet, who had installed a pot still in the late 30s. 

Claude and his brothers and sister, who had been born after the war, grew up surrounded by vineyards. When Claude was of age, he found a position looking after a neighbor’s vines in a system called “metayage”. In turn, Claude was shipped off to the war in Algeria for 27 months between 1959 and 1961. Upon his return, he and Marie-Rose, the daughter of another vintner in Touzac, were married.  

During his military service, Claude depended upon the assistance of his father to farm the vines he had in his care. Traditionally, a rental contract here in France is for 3, 9, or 18 years. Claude’s  contract was up after 9, so in 1971, Claude found himself looking for work. A distillery in Touzac  suggested that he could be their broker in eaux-de-vie, which he accepted as well. 

Being a broker, courtier in French, means knowing vintners and their cellars well, and, at the same time, having close connections to the negociants as well. Claude began with a single distillery but found he had a knack for negotiating sales of cognac. Quickly, he gained more clients and vintners at the same time.

In this bottle, is a cognac crafted by Claude on the vines he was renting from his neighbors, distilled in the small pot-still installed by his grandfather. This is the first cognac we purchased immediately after sampling it. 

It was a small cask of 195 liters, which made a total of 377 bottles. We found the cognac to be at its best ABV at cask strength of 47.4%. 

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