Ferrand has released a new Premier Cru de Cognac called Ferrand 10 Generations Cognac, a tribute to 10 generations of men for whom a great cognac was above all the fruit of patient work on a great terroir.
10 Generations is a Grande Champagne Cognac made from a single variety of grape, the Ugni Blanc. It is a fresh cognac, with notes of white flowers. The cognac is distilled slowly on fine lees in 25 hectoliter pot stills. The presence of lees enables the production of a richer aromatic palette and adds complexity to the floral and fruity base of the Ugni Blanc grape. It is then aged in French oak casks, of which 20% are Sauternes barrels, in humid cellars that enhance roundness. The latter contributes complementary honeyed and vinous notes.
The Ferrands have been present in Segonzac, in Charente, since the 15th century. They belong to one of the oldest families of this area called Campania by the Romans and, later, Champagne and more precisely, Grande Champagne, to designate the vineyards around Segonzac.
The first of the main branch of Ferrands was named Elie. All his male descendants were named Elie, followed by a middle name, through 10 generations. During the prosperous years of the 1860s, Elie Ferrand the 7th, born in 1816, built a manor house on the family land at Chez Barraud and made it his residence.
Elie the 8th (1839-1927) also lived in this house. His cognacs won numerous medals in regional competitions and international exhibitions in France and abroad, including the Gold Medal at the 1900 International Exhibition in Paris.
Mademoiselle Henriette, great-granddaughter of Elie the 8th, and the last descendant of the line, spent her life in this same manor house built by her ancestor. Mademoiselle Henriette chose to entrust the estate to Alexandre Gabriel, and she is the inspiration for this new Ferrand blend that Alexandre Gabriel named Ferrand 10 Generations.
Mademoiselle Henriette said: “As I am approaching 95 years old, it also heartens me to know that Alexandre Gabriel, a man as passionate as ‘Grand Père Ferrand,’ has made it his life’s mission to produce great Cognac much like Elie Ferrand did more than 130 years ago. It is now for him and his team to carry on this legacy in the many years to come. In this I wish him well. Somehow, somewhere, I think that it would make ‘Grand Père’ proud.”
Ferrand 10 Generations will be available nationwide in the U.S. as of November 2019 for a suggested retail price of $60.