Chateau Montifaud Louis Vallet L50
Grapes varieties: ugni-blanc mainly.
Vineyard & Soils: sustainable growing process, Petite Champagne chalky soil (limestone).
Harvest: maturity controls; grapes are pressed within 30 minutes after picking up to avoid oxidation.
Pressing: pneumatic presses of 50hls to fill quickly and reduce oxidation. This is the softest way to press grapes and respect their quality.
Wine-making: fermentation temperatures control (maximum 26° to keep all aromas), and then wine storage on the lees for optimum conservation without sulfites addition.
Artisanal Distillation: the white wine is distillated with light lees very slowly; it develops also roundness and concentrates the floral character of the cognac. The 'cut' is only done by tasting.
Ageing: ageing mainly in french limousin oak. 10 to 12 months in new casks and then several years in 'roux' casks (older casks) in our own cellars.
Reduction: slow (5% vol every 2/3 months) with our very special process.
Filtration: very soft filtration to preserve a maximum of flavors and aromas.
Bottling: at the estate.
Cognac of exception for a man of exception, Louis Vallet (4th Generation at Ch. Montifaud), who launched the sale in bottles in Chateau Montifaud. L50 is a rare blend of very old cognacs. The first cognac distilled by Louis Vallet has been selected to be part of this family treasure.
Artisinal distillation with lees, aged in 'roux' French oak casks (previously used to hold cognac for 5-10 years), then in old casks for much for than the 6 years required by regulation. At the present time this cognac ages in old casks, but will later be moved to 'demijohns'. The amount of alcohol in this very old cognac has decreased naturally to 50%. It is then reduced by 5% per year to reach 40%.
The challenge and family story of 6 generations driven by the same passion for 150 years, to sell our own production of top quality Cognac & Pineau des Charentes only in bottles. 125ha of sustainable vineyard (mainly Ugni-Blac variety) in the 2 finest growths of the cognac regioun to produce a real "growers' product".