New Camus blend bottles experience of two generations to create its best cognac yet

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 23 November, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 23 November, 2011, 12:00am

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Cyril Camus, the president of French cognac-maker Camus, is confident their latest product Cuv?e 2.105 is the best the brand has yet created.

A limited edition of 1,228 bottles, Cuv?e 2.105 is contained in an individually numbered Baccarat crystal decanter designed by French sculptor Serge Mansau.

Cyril said to signify the family's passing of the business down through five generations, he came up with the idea of blending a cognac that was the age of his father Jean-Paul with one the same age as himself.

Each of them picked a barrel - one a 65-year-old and the other a 40 year-old - that they thought most represented their family history and personal preference.

Jean-Paul's is made from Colombard grapes, while Cyril's comes from Folle Blanche grapes.

Jean-Paul admitted: 'I wasn't very convinced by the concept at the very beginning because everyone will then know my age!'

But he was soon won over by the finished product, a powerful blend of an old cognac which is round, oaky and tannic, with a light and elegant younger one.

A menu of Chinese dishes was paired with the Cuv?e 2.105 at a media luncheon at the Hullet House Hotel's Tea Room on Friday.

Jean-Paul said it was a conscious choice to pair their creation with a Chinese menu, saying its versatility combined perfectly with the diversity of the cuisine.

He said China was the second biggest importer of Camus cognac after the US.