The Dudognon family has produced Cognac in the small town of Lignieres Sonneville since 1776. This region is the heart of the famed Grande Champagne of Cognac, where the soil is largely composed of Campanian chalk and spirits from this premier cru are especially renowned for their tremendous length.
Dudognon eau-de-vie is made from what they consider to be their finest parcels (which are organically farmed) and aged in their small, rustic chai. Decisions made during distillation are done with glass in hand rather than with scientific instruments. The wood for their barrels is air-dried for 5 years right next to the chai.
While many cognacs are laden with permitted additives (sugar, boisé, caramel), the only additive used in Dudognon Cognac is water. Because of this, their color is fairly light and their sweetness comes only from naturally concentrated fruit. The length of these Cognacs—some of the finest spirits from the Grand Champagne—is counted in minutes.
Dudognon ‘Reserve’ (aged 10 years) is light, lean, and delicate in style. With 5 more years of age than Dudognon ‘Selection,’ the Cognac’s acidity and hay-like qualities develop greater texture highlighted by fresh apricot, plum, and honeyed clover. 40% ABV.