Estate Grown, Estate Distilled, Estate Bottled
The Château Montifaud has belonged to the Vallet family for six generations now. The vineyard was planted in 1837, and the family has made and distilled fine brandy ever since. It all began with Augustin Vallet, and has seen the succession of Pierre, and his son Maurice, and continued under the watchful eye of subsequent generations. Always setting aside some of their production in the cool confines of the 'Paradise' cellar, establishing a tradition of building up stocks of tremendous cognac.
The Vallet family is careful to bring out the distinctive regional characteristics of their brandies. To that end, they keep strict regulations. To avoid a bitterness and heaviness of a woody style, the Selection and VSOP spend only 8 months in young casks, and the older qualities lie in old casks of low tannin content. They never add coloring, so Cognacs from Château Montifaud have no telltale mahogany tones. The Vallets reduce to bottling strength gradually, to avoid the neutralizing shock and soapy flavor that rapid reduction produces. They age their Cognacs beyond the legal minimum because the floral characteristics need time to express themselves fully. The extra barrel age brings superior elegance and intensity. Wines fermented on the lees are included in the distillation. This gives a solid new distillate that will mature into a long and aromatic finish.