There’s a reason cognac is considered to be more than a fine liquor…it’s an elixir…a sublime sipping experience that elevates your senses to the heavens. And one brand that’s sure to transport you into this territory is Camus’ Extra Elegance. Now available for sale in the States, this distillation has been a favorite in the Asian market for quite some time and an original part of Camus’s portfolio since the late 1800s.
Established in 1863, Camus is now the fifth largest Cognac house worldwide. But even in light of this success, Camus has remained a family-owned producer for five generations. Extra Elegance is a blend of exceptional eaux de vie that are aged longer than their XO. While XO has a minimum age of six years, the highest age claim allowed by Cognac regulations, many houses offer brandies that are far older, and the term “extra” on the label has become a popular way of indicating this.
Camus’ Extra Elegance blends eaux de vie (French expression of “water of life”) from vineyards in the Borderies, Grand Champagne and Petite Champagne regions. The Borderies influence brings an unmistakeable sweet velvety ripe fruit as lips meet snifter. The Grande Champagne eaux de vie provides strength on the palate while those from Petite Champagne provide structure for the successful interplay of the other two.
While Camus utilizes eaux de vie from the Champagne regions, this brand in particular champions the Borderies region of Cognac. As far as I’m concerned taste is everything and this Extra elegance which mixes brandies as old as 50 years into the blend is divine. At $395 for 750 milliliters it better be! But for extra measure, its bottle design is an art form as well with a sleek marriage of heavy screw metal cap with glass of precise angles yet soft contours.
Photo courtesy of Camus. Coverage made possible by participating in a sponsored tasting.