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Best of the Best 2013: Spirits: Camus Extra Elegance Cognac

  • Richard Carleton Hacker

Cyril Camus has drawn on the family’s extensive holdings of eaux-de-vie to create the meticulous Cognacs that have brought the Camus label to the forefront of the world’s most renowned bars. In the case of Camus Extra Elegance (www.camus.fr/us, $395), however, there is no label. The minimalist decanter bears no markings other than the words Camus Extra Cognac, which are embossed on a matte, silver-colored metallic neck band. The sole clue as to the special nature of the bottle is the radiant gold liquid that glows within. The floral bouquet of Extra Elegance serves as a prelude to the rich, pungent flavors of this blend of Borderies, Grande Champagne, and Petite Champagne Cognacs. Cedar, tobacco, dried violets, and leather envelop the palate from the first sip and linger long afterward, proving that this is not only an Extra Cognac but also an extraordinary one.