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Domaines Hine Bonneuil 2005 cognac released

Thomas Hine & Co has released a new cognac - Domaines Hine Bonneuil 2005 - made from grapes grown on its exceptional estate situated in the tiny parish of Bonneuil on the gently undulating hills above the picturesque Colinaud valley.

Only 18 casks, yielding 9,000 bottles, have been selected and bottled at 43% abv. Each label shows both the cask and bottle numbers. Domaines Hine 2005 is the first vintage to be released in the Bonneuil collection. Stock will be on allocation to customers in the UK, US, Russia, France and Taiwan.  

Domaines Hine's ‘first growth’ vineyards cover 70 hectares of established Ugni Blanc vines growing in the best thick chalky terroir of the Grande Champagne area. The wines are distilled on their lees to enhance the fruit and flavour in the new spirit. For maturation the young eaux-de-vie are transferred into French oak casks made from trees grown in the Allier forests.

The winter of 2005 was dry and sunny with occasional frost. In early summer the flowering developed well, at the beginning of July temperatures rose dramatically to 35°C. The ripening started one week earlier than normal, sunny days were perfect for the development of the aromas in the grapes. Hine began harvesting on September 30. The weather pattern of 2005 was very similar to 1953, one of the best vintages of the 20th century. 

Bonneuil 2005 is an exotic cognac, developing powerful aromas of fully matured grapes together with hints of gingerbread, liquorice and oriental spices on the nose. It has great presence on the palate revealing a rich and jam like texture. The warm aromas of honey, pineapple and cloves lead to an oriental finish lingering deliciously on the palate

Domaines Hine Bonneuil 2005 is available at £80 a bottle from Berry Bros & Rudd, Master of Malt, and The Whisky Exchange. In the UK, Hine is distributed by Pol Roger.

 

9 December 2014 - Felicity Murray The Drinks Report, editor