Spirits: A Sesquicentennial to Savor

Although the house of Camus has grown to become the fifth largest Cognac producer in the world, the firm has remained in the hands of the family that founded it in 1863. This liquid legacy’s current steward—the company’s president, Cyril Camus, who represents the fifth generation of his family to run the business—manages to blend […]

Hidden Islands Cognacs

The Cognac region on the western edge of France is well known. After all, this is the only geographic area in the world where Cognac can legally be made. But what is not so well known is that just off the western coast of this celebrated area are two islands that are also within the […]

Complex Cognac

It takes both confidence and pride to launch an hors d’age Cognac—especially one blended with eaux-de-vie ranging from 30 to 50 years—without any labels or other identifying markings on its crystal decanter. But that is exactly what Cyril Camus, fifth generation of the last family-owned Cognac house in France, has done with Camus Extra Elegance […]

FrontRunners: From the Robb Cellar

Due to the strict laws regulating their production, certified single-vintage Cognacs are somewhat elusive. So after Cognac house Camus discovered an especially rare example from Petite Champagne—one with documentation dating back to its barreling in 1964—the nearly 150-year-old distiller decided, in 2008, to bottle every last drop. Though it requires some time in the glass […]

Camus Borderies XO Cognac

Since its founding in 1863, this Cognac house—the fifth-largest producer in the world—has remained family owned, with Cyril Camus, the fifth generation, now bringing it to America. The flagship Borderies XO, a rare, single-growth Cognac from the region’s smallest appellation, is the ultimate introduction, as it comes directly from the family’s private stocks. It is […]