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Camus Ile de Ré – Fine Island Cognac

31 December 2011 No Comment

Probably one of the most eccentric Cognacs available, the Ile de Ré line of Camus Cognac.

The Ile de Ré line is so special because the grapes of the Cognacs are not from the mainland of the Cognac Region but from a small Island which is also part of the Cognac Appellation.


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!

We will review them all, starting with the first Ile de Ré Cognac in the range, the Ile de Ré Fine Island Cognac.

Camus Ile de Ré Fine Island Cognac is the youngest Cognac in the range, with fresh marine notes on the nose, a delicately oaked palate with hints of dried fruit, and a hint of saltiness in the smooth finish.

Neat, it reveals toasted notes, with as little barrel oak as possible, culminating in a smooth and rich finish that is said to have a perfect balance between crystallised fruit flavours and a subtle hint of smoke.

Ile de Ré Fine Island Cognac can be enjoyed neat, but best reveals its truly different character on the rocks, with just a splash of water or chilled as an accompaniment to fish and seafood.

Ile de Re, lies close to the La Rochelle in the Maritime part of Charente. The Island has a 70 kilometers coastline, rough, windy and heavily influenced by the Atlantic sea. The grapes benefit from a good balance of sunshine and rather salty breezes. The cognac is based on wine which comes from Ugni Blanc grapes, that are harvested in the month of October.

From the vineyards of the Ile de Ré, the most westerly in the Cognac Appellation, these single growth Cognacs develop unusual aromas and flavors thanks to the unique climate on the island. The iodine-laden air gives a natural, salty tang, resulting in a dry Cognac but with fruity notes.

The range, aimed at both Cognac lovers and single malt whisky aficionados, is described as a perfect accompaniment to seafood.

The tasting notes of the Camus Ile de Ré – Fine Island Cognac are:

The color: straw yellow with golder highlights.
The nose: pungent and rich, with salty, marine notes balanced by gingerbread, dried fruits, smoke and tamarind.
The taste: powerful and tangy, yet pleasingly rounded. Dried fruits with a salty finish.
The aftertaste: very good length for a VS Cognac, however it is burning a little.
The age: unclear, but based on the tasting profile I expect it is a VS-quality.
The origin: from Island Ile de Ré, also part of the Cognac appellation, this area is stamped as Bois Ordinaires.
The price: about 34 euro.
The price / quality ratio: a 8 out of 10. I find the experimenting of Camus admirable, also the taste is very difference than any other Cognac I tasted so far…

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Rating: 6.6/10 (14 votes cast)
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