The Vallein Tercinier house has been family owned since 1791 and this long history has meant that the house has a treasure trove of old cognacs. Down in their cellars are cognacs distilled almost 80 years ago. This extremely rare gem dates from the 1940s and was aged in oak casks for decades until 2006 where it has been kept in “Dame Jeanne” (the traditional large glass bottles used to store cognac). Unlike many other cognacs this release is entirely from Vallein Tercinier’s Bon Bois vineyards and is not blended with cognac from any other houses. The Trés Vieux Cognac Small Batch 41-43 is an extraordinarily rare and fine cognac with only 78 bottles produced. The nose dances with fruit and berry aromas surrounded by old wood, a little minerality and vanilla. The palate is gentle with oak shavings, pepper and white grapes that builds up to an amazingly complex finish of red fruits, blackberries, grapes, raspberries and oak.