If you’re an aficionado of cognac, here’s one that’s well worth seeking out. It’s rare and will be hard to find because only 1,250 cases were produced as a Limited Release item, and it is quite attractively priced at or around $50 a bottle.
Camus Borderies V.S.O.P. Limited Release, with a distinctive white label and elongated white cap, is special in many ways.
First, it is a single vineyard cognac, a rarity in a region that champions the art of the blend. It’s also a single grape variety, made exclusively from the Ugni Blanc, the most prolific grape of the region.
And finally, it is 100% Borderies, smallest of the six AOCs, avidly sought as a blending agent for other producers, prized for its rapid ageability, delicate florality, and honey-rich roundness derived from the heavy clay component of the soils.
Maison Camus is the only major cognac house situated in the Borderies, and it possess or has access to some of the best eaux-de-vie produced in Borderies; as such, the house is best suited to championing the virtues of Borderies, as they do with this V.S.O.P.
Camus Borderies X.O. is the most well-known of Borderies eaux-de-vie. The house decided to produce the Limited Release Borderies V.S.O.P. to showcase the particular essence of the AOC with slightly less maturation and a markedly lower cost so people would have the opportunity to sample and enjoy.
And should you find a bottle, you most certainly will enjoy it. The nose has a marked florality, scented with fresh violets and book-pressed dried rose petals, and follows through with a medium-light honeyed texture that slides across the palate with surprising ease. There’s no burn of alcoholic heat here, rather a generous warmth infused with butterscotch and light caramel, and the finish leads right back to the soft, delicate floral notes you started with.
It’s remarkably tasty cognac, best served neat to appreciate the myriad subtleties of fruit, flowers, spice and wood that mingle seamlessly in balance. Camus Borderies V.SO.P. Limited Release is a testament both to the essential nature of the Borderies region and the skills of the Master Blender.