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Camus releases Return to Saint-Aulaye Cognac

Cognac house Camus has unveiled a 2016 vintage bottling produced from Colombard grapes, called Return to Saint-Aulaye.

Return to Saint-Aulaye Cognac
Return to Saint-Aulaye is a 2016 vintage Cognac

Return to Saint-Aulaye Cognac is the result of a collaboration between Camus and the Saint-Aulaye village council in France.

The ‘decades-long’ project aims to celebrate the ‘rich’ terroir of the village in Dordogne, France. Production of Cognac in this area dates back to 1785.

Cognac production in Dordogne had reduced by more than 90% by the early 1990s due to the ‘progressive change’ in agriculture. In 1999, the Saint-Aulaye council decided to replant a small 1.5-hectare plot of Colombard grapes.

Colombard is the rarest and most sought after among the Cognac grape varieties due to its low yield and ‘aromatic qualities’, Camus said.

The Return to Saint-Aulaye is a 2016 vintage Cognac made using eaux-de-vie matured for four years in French barrels produced with oak sourced from the forest surrounding the village.

The 43% ABV VSOP expression offers a nose with ‘fragrant fruity notes of pear and pineapple with a touch of spice’. The palate provides hints of vanilla, ginger and walnut.

The bottle design is inspired by the Dordogne landscape.

Camus Return to Saint-Aulaye is priced at RRP €112 (US$132) and available for pre-order from Camus’ website from 2-30 April 2021. It will be rolled out from 1 May. The 2016 batch consists of 3,000 bottles.

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