Camus Ile de Ré – Cliffside Cellar
Ile de Ré is a small island off the coast of the Cognac region, which is also a part of the Cognac region, Cognacs from this island are because of the sea influences, saltier and more maritime than Cognacs from the mainland. It is good to have these differences within the Cognac-region!
Unfortunately much (sea) flavors vanish because of the maturation, to keep as much eccentric flavours a spirit should not matured for a long time. The extreme flavors are simply flatter and softer through maturation.
This was also the problem of the Ile de Ré XO, it was simply not special enough to describe the taste as Ile de Ré. The characteristic flavors were lost because of the aging in oak. Preference went quickly out to the younger Double Fine Island and matured Camus Cognacs from this series.
To solve this, Camus looked at the Whisky industry, which uses “finishes” quite often with barrels. Finishing is the procedure that some single malt Scotch whisky undergoes whereby the spirit is matured in a cask of a particular origin on one location and then spends time in a cask of different origin or location.
Camus XO has now been replaced by the same matured cognac, but with a very special finish to it, namely by exposing it to the influences of the sea from the Fort de La Pree on Ile de Ré.
This fort is also known as Cliffside, because it is situated right on a cliff.
Camus’ product manager Farbien Besse:
“This concept is really unique within the Cognac market: Consumers eager to experiment with new tastes and looking for authentic and quality products should find Camus Ile de Ré Cliffside Cellar very attractive. Camus Ile de Ré Cliffside Cellar is the perfect product for Cognacs and spirits enthusiasts seeking original products, beautiful gifts or looking for a distinctive Cognac.”