The Last Drop Distillers oldest release to date – 1947 Single Estate Cognac

At the close of the Second World War, France was a country in ruins – quite literally with Western Allies bombs decimating some 1,570 French towns and cities during the Nazi occupation of 1940-1944. Much of the country’s workforce had been sent to forced labour camps or interned in concentration camps in Poland or Germany.

At one farm in the Charante department of South-West France, the libération meant the chance to return to the family business of more than 200 years. Interrupted only by the oppression of the Nazi-regime and the collaborative government of Prime Minister Pierre Laval, the family had been growing grapes and making cognac since 1727.

The first grape harvest after the conclusion of the war was fermented by wild yeasts, twice-distilled in small alembics and matured in Limousin oak, just as countless harvests before it. While most of the cognac found its way onto the dinner tables of the fledgling Fourth Republic, a small parcel remained in the distillery’s warehouse, where it remained completely untouched for 70 years.

The Last Drop Distillers came across this parcel in 2017, crafted by the current distillery owner’s father, and found in it a unique vitality, despite its advanced age. Labelled ‘Hors d’Age’, meaning ‘Beyond Age’, this relic of post-war France has been bottled at its natural cask strength, displaying every layer of depth added over its seven decades of maturation. Only 186 bottles have been produced of this 70 year old, the oldest spirit released by The Last Drop Distillers to date, each one presented in a luxurious leather case, with a 5cl miniature, a certificate of authenticity and a leather-bound tasting book – a fitting tribute to the enduring French spirit.

The Last Drop
Single Estate Cognac
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