Review: Jean-Luc Pasquet L’Organic 04 and 10 Cognac
We recently covered Jean-Luc Pasquet’s L’Organic 07 Cognac — and now we’re back with two additional expressions, both also organic, and made from 100% ugni blanc grapes grown in Grande Champagne. The difference, as you might have sussed out, is age: L’Organic 04 is at least 4 years old, while L’Organic 10 is a decade in age minimum.
Both are 80 proof. Let’s give them a whirl.
Jean-Luc Pasquet L’Organic 04 Cognac – “The 04 is a blend of two eau-de-vie aged 4 and 5 years, aged in Limosin oak barrels, 20% of which are new.” At four years old, this brandy is a bit punchy on the nose, with a slight astringency that highlights hearty linen and floral notes, some lavender, and a light grassiness. The palate is cleaner and more immersive than the nose would indicate, offering ample notes of citrus fruit, milk chocolate, and a touch of strawberry. The herbal-linen character remains a strong through-line, though it’s never overpowering, even on the well-perfumed finish. Ultimately the Cognac offers a wholly approachable starting point from which to explore the Pasquet brand, offering ample balance throughout. B+ / $60 [BUY IT NOW FROM THE WHISKY EXCHANGE]
Jean-Luc Pasquet L’Organic 10 Cognac – “The blend includes two, exclusively organic eau-de-vie aged 10 and 12 years in Limousin oak barrels, 35% of which are new.” The brandy promptly surprised me as my least favorite of the trio. Extremely floral on the nose with a curious touch of maple syrup evident, that heavy lavender-linen character really dominates, giving the brandy a sizable laundry room character. Much the same is going on on the palate, heavily perfumed and lightly astringent, without much fruit in the mix. The syrupy sweetness on the nose is largely absent here, with the florals landing a bit flat on the finish. Quite a surprise. B / $92 [BUY IT NOW FROM THE WHISKY EXCHANGE]
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