We gonna try another part of history today with those two oldies from the Maison Prunier! Let’s see what happened as a result of nearly 60 years of maturation.
Maison Prunier 59yo 1961-2021 (53%, The Whisky Jury, Fin Bois, 42 bottles)
Colour: Ebony with some ruby hues.
Nose: A very dark profile with forest fruits, blackcurrants, blueberries, red berries, dark cherries, raisins, figs, old cigar box, dusty book, leather, white pepper, cinnamon, coca powder and some hints of anise seed.
Mouth: The alcohol integration is perfect and the texture is oily. Plums, figs, dark berries, eucalyptus, mentholated freshness, pinewood, cinnamon, anise stars, white pepper, raw leather, noble wood with some astringent notes, candied grapes. The end of the mouth is dominated by the wood dryness and astringent notes and slightly balanced by some sweet grapes notes.
Finish: Long. With a lot of forest fruits, blueberries, red berries, blackcurrants, dark cherries, and also some noble wood dominating the end of the finish with some gentle lingering astringent notes and a powerful dryness.
Everything is very concentrated, powerful and nicely integrated. The profile is well balanced, it’s woody obviously but not too much giving us a very nice result in the glass.
Maison Prunier 60yo 1960-2021 (55%, The Whisky Jury, Grande Champagne, 42 bottles)
Colour: Ebony with less ruby and more copper hues!
Nose: Quite similar to the last one with forest fruits, blackcurrants, leather, white pepper, cinnamon, blueberries, figs, raisins, roasted cocoa beans and some sweet dark cherries jam adding more round notes to this already interesting profile!
Mouth: The alcohol integration is perfect and the texture is oily. Very similar mouth in there too but it’s more round and balanced than the 1961 one. Figs, plums jam, eucalyptus, dark cherries, pinewood, cinnamon, anise stars, white pepper, dusty leather and some lovely more present candied grapes. The woody and astringent notes are less present to the point where it only reveals itself at the end of the mouth and it’s qui subtle and balanced which is just perfect in my opinion!
Finish: Long. Old library, dusty leather, a lot of dark forest fruits, old noble wood, yeast and a delicate wood dryness.
It’s way less austere and more balanced than the last one. Here the wood notes are present but it’s way more suble and gentle giving us an overall rounder and deeper profile. Another wonderful old cognac!
I’am quite impressed by those two oldies. After nearly 60 years of maturation, their profile is still very balanced and not totally eaten by wood flavours. The 1961 is a success but the profile is slightly more woody than the 1960 which has a perfectly balanced wood, fruits and roundness. Congrats for those wonderful bottlings, I am very happy to had the opportunity to try those very old Cognacs bottlings!