Cognac Park Borderies offers the truest expression of this Borderies-situated Maison. The Borderies is Cognac’s smallest region, which makes Park’s bottling unique among its rivals. As a single vineyard expression, it’s designed to showcase the floral, light qualities of the terroir, and also serves as a transition point between the VSOP and XO.
Composed of 100% Borderies eaux de vie made from ugni blanc, it’s one of few Cognacs made from just this region’s grapes. Aged 15 years in total, the spirit spends its first 10 months in new Limousin oak casks before being transferred to older casks.
On the nose, aromas of wild violets, citrus, and red wine mix with notes of apricot jam. The palate is fine and elegant, delivering red fruits, spice, and oak. The finish is long with flavors of vanilla, sherry, and butterscotch left lingering. It’s an elegant and fine spirit.
This is certainly a Cognac that is worth sipping on its own, but if you feel compelled to pair it with food, Park recommends crunchy banana fritters, hot chocolate coulis, and macadamia nut brittle.
Established in 1880, Cognac Park is the premier brand produced by Distillerie Tessendier. Today, the distillery and vineyards are composed within an estate of more than 60 acres in the heart of one of the most exclusive growing areas of Cognac: The Borderies. The distillery is in its fourth generation of family ownership with brothers and Master Blenders Lilian and Jérôme Tessendier currently at the helm. One of the most innovative creators of the French spirit, the house ventures beyond classical frontiers, developing Cognacs with contemporary twists.
Cognac Park makes a variety of different Cognacs, including VS Carte Blanche, Park VSOP, Park XO Grande Champagne, Park XO Cigar Blend, and Park Extra Grande Champagne, which are all part of their core range.