Camus ‘Ile de Re – Cliffside Cellar’ Cognac
‘Ile de Re‘, is a tiny Island, situated just off La Rochelle, a coastal city about 100km from the Village of Cognac. The Island forms a part of the Bois a Terroirs Cognac appellation, yet historically no grapes where grown there in a long time until Maison Camus took the initiative in the early 2000 to plant some and crafting Cognacs from it. The grapes naturally contain more iodine than those harvested on the continent. In addition, the mild climate of the island helps to forge a very specific character.
Produced in limited quantities, Cliffside Cellar enjoys a double aging on the island. Its first aging takes place in barrels with light tannins and the second is within the Fort de La Pree, a historic monument constructed in 1626 overlooking the ocean. Bathed in the spray of the Atlantic Ocean whose waves reach within meters of the cellar, the aging location of Ile de Re Cliffside Cellar gives the Cognac an exceptionally round and decidedly oceanic character.
Wonderful amber yellow appearance with hints of orange. The nose reveals complex spicy notes with hints of vanilla. On the palate the Cliffside Cellar is remarkably mellow, with touches of orange and dried grape. This sweetness is accented by the subtle saltiness of the iodine notes, for a deliciously original sensation. Equally enjoyable as an aperitif or post-meal drink, straight or with a few drops of mineral water. To enjoy the full range of aromas that this cognac has to offer, we recommend chilling it and then tasting it continuously as its temperature rises.
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Deeply attached to their Cognac land, the five generations of Camus family have succeeded Since 1863 in faithfully preserving the brand’s original values. This process of handing down from father to son now ensures the continuity and development of a unique expertise, with the cornerstones remaining the soil, the vine and the grape.
As well as a love and respect for the fruit of the land, the Camus culture is based on innovation and the quest for exceptional aromatic qualities – for above and beyond their role as businessmen the Camus’s see themselves as winegrowers, explorers and passionate lovers of taste.
Laid across 180 hectares in the smallest and rarest AOC cru – the Borderies – the Camus family has always been deeply involved in winemaking and distilling. It is this unbreakable bond between the land, the traditions and the people who live on it that helps them craft superb Cognacs. Today, it is Cyril Camus who is the bearer of all family tradition and oversees the undisputed quality of Camus Cognac. Export development and product development remain at the top, with a passion for innovation. Cyril Camus has entirely modernized the Cognac house’s interiors, relying on a fresh new take on Cognac for the new century.
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