The House of Hine has announced the release of Bonneuil 2010 Cognac in the United States. The fourth installment in the iconic French Brandy brand’s single vintage, single estate Bonneuil collection is sourced exclusively from Hine’s private estate, Domaines Hine, located in Grande Champagne.
Hine Bonneuil 2010 is a rare unblended Cognac that captures the purest expression of Grande Champagne’s limestone terroir. Bottled only in vintages deemed exceptional, each release in the Domaines Hine Bonneuil collection showcases a single unblended harvest that is made to exemplify the essence of Grande Champagne.
One of the few houses in the Cognac region to have its own vineyard, the quality of Ugni Blanc grapes harvested at Domaines Hine contributes to the fine and delicate style of Hine Cognacs. The aromatic richness comes from the limestone-laden soil, careful tending of the vines and precise timing for harvesting, which are further enhanced by distillation and aging in French oak barrels.
“At Hine, we believe that a great cognac is first and foremost a great white wine,” said Eric Forge, Hine Cellar Master. “Our Bonneuil range beautifully illustrates our philosophy by showcasing a singular expression of grapes harvested from one place and one vintage. Considered the greatest vintage of the 2000-2010 decade in Grande Champagne, 2010 afforded favorable weather conditions, excellent acidity in our fruit, and a highly distinctive expression of cognac, which I am delighted to share under the Bonneuil 2010 label.”
After the inaugural release of Bonneuil 2005, a warm year which expressed bountiful fruity and floral tasting notes, Bonneuil 2006 emerged from a vintage marked by unpredictable weather patterns with rich, dominant fruit notes and a subtle, elegant mineral tension. Bonneuil 2008 hails from a vintage that delivered a well-rounded harvest with aromas of fresh cranberries and the hallmark smoothness of mountain honey.
While the 2007 and 2009 harvests did not meet the Hine team’s standards for these stringent single-estate expressions, the release of Bonneuil 2010 delivers an expressive single vintage, single estate cognac. Aged in oak casks for a decade, it is lively on the nose with aromas of mandarin, tangerine, wild peach, and toasted bread. Overflowing with freshness, this elegant release demonstrates remarkable tension and great concentration, which is reflected by its long and lingering finish.
Forge hand-selected just 18 casks (8,100 bottles) of the limited-edition Hine Bonneuil 2010 Cognac for release. It is now available for the price of $139.99.
Back in October, Hine celebrated the anniversary of its Antique XO with the release of Antique XO 100th Anniversary 1920-2020 Cognac.