Review: A. de Fussigny Cognacs
Fussigny Cognac has been made since 1814 but it’s been absent from the U.S. for years, lacking an importer. Now Castle Brands has picked it up and is bringing Fussigny back to the states. We tried two of the three main expressions that this independent Cognac house is offering here. (Tragically our XO sample broke during shipping.) Both are 80 proof.
A. de Fussigny Cognac Selection – A blend of grapes from all over the Cognac region; average time spent in barrel is 8 years. This is a surprisingly full-figured brandy, quite woody, with a lot of sweetness throughout the palate. The finish however reveals its youth, with a little young-brandy funk hitting the back of the throat. It’s young and a little brash, but it has grit. True grit. B+ / $40
A. de Fussigny Cognac Superieur – A blend of roughly 50% Petite Champagne and 50% Grande Champagne grapes, roughly 15 years old. This Cognac grew on me. It’s far less sweet than most brandies, with nutty, savory character. Sugar is elusive, and there’s a burn on the finish. But it’s palatable and actually pretty enjoyable — those almond tones alone are enough to make it unique and pleasant. B / $55