Brandy Millesimato 1991 Aged 23 Years

A blend of two types of brandy in one vintage, from the 1991 harvest. Each of these brandies is derived from the distillation of two Trebbiano Romagnolo wines, from two different areas of the Romagna region, one from the plains and one from the hills. The vintage is displayed on the label. The wines used in making this brandy express different characteristics according to each harvest, as a result of differences in yearly climate conditions. The idea of Brandy Millesimato originates then from a desire to bottle a product reflecting the characteristics of a particular vintage year. The wines are distilled in the fractional method, using a Charentais alembic, which preserves all its best qualities. The brandies are then aged in small French oak barrels (Limousin and Allier) of 350 litres. The first year of aging is in new barrels, which give the distillate its colour and tannins. Next the brandy is transferred to so-called ‘used’ barrels that function almost exclusively for the oxidation process of tannins and alcohol. During the aging process, the alcohol content is slowly reduced through the addition of distilled water, until it reaches the alcohol content for consumption, which for this brandy is 45%.

 

TASTING NOTES by Paolo Lauciani:

Amber in colour with bright hints of mahogany. A breeze of iris, blond pipe tobacco and beeswax is the elegant prelude to a complex sweetness of candied citrus, cakes, and chestnut honey. The flavour personality is well defined and sophisticated, intensely warm and smoothly inviting, sealed by lasting balsamic and slightly peppery recurrences.