Lheraud Bons Bois 1976-2004 (Cognac)

On Monday I reviewed an American brandy (the Butchertown from Copper & Kings). Today I have a French brandy, to be specific a cognac. To be even more specific, this is a cognac made by the house of Lheraud in 1976 and bottled in 2004. I’ve previously reviewed a few other Lherauds from 1970s, a Fins Bois 1970, a Petite Champagne 1973 and a Borderies 1975. I thought the Fins Bois was dynamite but was not quite as impressed by the other two. I’m hoping this one from the Bons Bois region will move my Lheraud experience back in an upward trajectory. Let’s get right to it.

Lheraud Bons Bois 1976-2004 (46%; Cognac; from a bottle split)

Nose: A lovely fruity nose with mango, passionfruit and guava plus some polished oak forming a nice frame behind the fruit. On the second and third sniff the oak expands a bit but it’s all still in very nice balance. Water pushes the oak back a bit and makes the fruit richer/darker (think mango leather rather than mango).

Palate: As promised by the nose but the oak leads into the fruit here. The texture is a bit thin but the flavours are anything but, with the fruit expanding as I swallow. The second sip may be even richer with a bit of cola concentrate in there too. Not much change with time but I’m not complaining. With more time still the fruit gets brighter with the passionfruit expanding and being joined by some lime. Okay, let’s add a drop of water. As on the nose with water and the texture improves too.

Finish: Long. The fruit builds to a crescendo and then slowly fades, leaving first spicy and then mentholated oak behind. Not much change here with water..

Comments: Really lovely stuff. A little more textural depth would be nice but this is excellent as is. Wish I had a bottle.

Rating: 90 points.

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