In connection with the rapid development of the cognac business, some large cognac houses try to diversify their already vast range. More and more exclusive brandies are being produced to satisfy the most sophisticated tastes of consumers. So, for example, brandies were produced, which are called the beautiful word “millezimnye”. What is it? Real gourmets can easily answer this question. And for the curious beginners try to explain.
Millezim (in French “Millesime” – the figure for the year) – is the year of harvest. Accordingly, millezimny brandy is a brandy made from spirits of the harvest of one year. Typically, the year is indicated on the label. Now, due to strict laws, rather stringent requirements are imposed on the production of millezimny brandies.
Upon receipt of the ale spirits of these cognacs and upon further bottling them in barrels, there is a special commission consisting of representatives of the State Interprofessional Cognac Bureau (BNIC) or representatives of the excise service. The filled barrels are sealed or placed in a special room, the door of which is also stamped. Thus, alcohols are literally guarded by the “vigilant eye” of the representatives of the French authorities. If the cognac manufacturer decides to perform any actions with alcohols outside the presence of representatives of the commission, and if, accordingly, the seals are broken, then the resulting cognac will by no means be called milleosym.
Interestingly, millezimny brandies were not produced in the period from 1962 to 1989. But, nevertheless, some cognac houses continued to withstand part of the spirits, which were controlled by the relevant authorities. Thus, later these houses could officially produce millezimnye cognacs from harvests of this period.
Outside of France, cognacs are sold as well. These cognacs in sealed barrels were put by some houses in England, where they were also kept “under seven locks” in special vaults. Subsequently, they were bottled, while, of course, not mixed with alcohols of other ages.
It should be noted that millezimny brandies are very rare brandies. They are produced only by a few cognac houses, for the most part, these are family-owned enterprises, such as Chateau de Beaulon (Chateau de Boulogne), Croizet (Croise), Delamain (Delamen), AEDor (A.E. Dor), Godet ), Hine (Hayn), Guy Lhéraud (Guy Lero), Roullet (Rullet) and some others. But not all these houses due to strict laws, rather stringentall the time.
Millezimny brandies are produced in vintage bottles sealed with wax, respectively, indicating the year of harvest on the label. These cognacs are not aimed at mass demand, but at creating a certain exclusive. Of course, this is a piece goods.
You can also add that in addition to millezimnyh brandy there are also millezimny armagnac, millezimny champagne. That is, this is a term widespread among the largest companies and the most experienced winemakers.