Camus Cuvée 5.150 – 150 Year Anniversary Cognac for Camus
Camus Cognac is celebrating 150 years as an independent, family-owned company. It is the fifth largest producer of the refined distilled wine product (which is brandy produced inside the Cognac region of France). The four larger cognac producers are all owned by conglomerates, making Camus the largest independent producer of cognac in the world with sales in 2012 reaching 150 million euros ($198 million). It is also the youngest of the established multi-national producers.
Camus (pronounced “Kah-moo”) commemorated its anniversary with a world tour introducing its Cuvée 5.150 Cognac. The first stop was Tuesday in the U.S., where Camus President Cyril Camus hosted a private dinner for about 30 guests at celebrity chef Scott Conant’s SCM Culinary Suite in SoHo. Cyril is the fifth generation of the family to run the business. The number five played a prominent role in the event and in the creation of its anniversary product.
The company’s description of the Cuvée 5.150 Cognac ranges from vanilla and wood tones to citruses and exotic fruits to cream and almonds.
The product is designed to commemorate the five generations that has led the company, from its founder, Jean-Baptiste, to Cyril. Five different brands of cognacs are used, each a representation of the contribution of each owner. The combined age of the individual brands totals 150 years. Grapes from five of the six authorized zones in the Cognac region are represented: Grande Champagne, Petite Champagne (in this case champagne means the chalkiness of the soil and not the sparkling wine region), Fins Bois, Bon Bois and Borderies. Borderies being the smallest cognac growing area (thus producing the fewest grapes) is special to Camus because the company is the largest owner of vineyards in that zone.
A product with this much history, flavor and cost needs a proper vessel. In this case, the decanter, created by Baccarat, is designed with rounded edges down its sides in an uneven, organic pattern that takes the appearance of a waterfall.
Finally, it’s available in a limited edition of 1,492 numbered decanters. The first 150 decanters will include an individually numbered 100ml “ultimate sample,” which contains the last sample taken by the cellar master just before the decanters were filled in the presence of a bailiff. Such samples are usually reserved for the Camus family cognac library.
This Camus Cognac is being sold at $13,500.
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