So well structured that it almost tasted like a cab. Also stayed good a couple days after! — 2 months ago
Nice nose and fresh — 10 months ago
Not a Rose’ Retailer notes, Blend of 35-50 year old cognac One of the best Cognacs ever to hit K&L, the Navarre Veille Reserve is the pride and joy of importer and K&L friend Nicolas Palazzi, the man behind the K&L Faultline Cognac and Guillon Painturaud expressions. Nicolas has told me time and time again that of all the brandies in his stellar lineup of grower-producer spirits, the Navarre fills him with the most pride. That's probably because it tastes so damn good. Jacky Navarre is one of the last purists among the artisan cognac distillers. The fourth generation of cognac makers in his family, located in Gondeville since 1811, he takes care of his small Grande Champagne estate with a very basic rule, "Let nature do most of the work." With the exception of an ultra-rare, impossible-to-get aged release, Navarre only makes one Cognac expression - the Vieille Reserve. It's made with 100% Ugni Blanc, and Jacky distills the brandy on the lees. The brandy sees no sugar, caramel or boise, and no water is added at the end. The natural 45% cask strength is achieved through evaporation! There are few other Cognac producers who take such care with their product and the attention to detail shows through in the flavor. The flavors of the grape are not overpowered by caramel or nougat, but are allowed to shine alongside supple vanilla. The finish is incredibly rich and wonderful, loaded with barrel spice and toasted nuts, but delicate and almost haunting in its litheness. Amazing in every way.
— 2 months ago
I’ve been a fan of Jacky Blot for awhile, but this is my first vintage of the Clos Michet. Crisp pomaceous fruit and floral notes emerging right away along with crushed rocks and a subtle reductive, flinty nuance that suggested Burgundy at first glance. The palate is nicely framed by more distinct Chenin-like nerve and intensity, but retains a slightly nutty, toasted brioche quality evident on the nose. I found this to be very nicely balanced despite the youth. It’s precise and focused, but I wouldn’t say austere. — a year ago
Outstanding wine, had at Pastis — 6 months ago
Epically unique and delicious — 2 years ago