Dudognon-Buraud Cognac question (newbie)
seems my google-fu is not good tonight ...
I received a bottle of cognac directly from France :
"Grande Fine Champagne 1er Cru Cognac, Réserve No 1" from the Claudine Dudognon-Buraud" producer.
I'm not expert in cognac (or any other types of "brandy"); but from what I can understand from the label, it should be a 'great" or at least one of the better cognac.
I don't want to open it right now, since I don't know how well and how long it can stay open without going bad; and I do not want to spoil openning a good bottle now.
googling mostly reveals that the Dudognon-Buraud producer released an insanly expensive "bottle" of cognac; but not much on description or tasting notes.
As long as the cork is tight it will stay good almost forever once open. Spirits don't go bad. The most that can happen is that some starts to evaporate if the cork isn't tight. We're talking many years and decades here, not months and a few years.
The "Réserve" is their "entry level" cognac. However, aged for 10 years, it is likely to be comparable with many of the big brand VSOP's. "Grande Champagne" means it is made from grapes grown in the "Grande Champagne" area or "cru" of the Charentes region. Their "Réserve des ancestres" is an outstanding cognac, aged for 30 years and way better and way cheaper than any of the large brand X.O.'s.
As for storage: kept full, sealed and upright (cognac should not come into contact with the cork) it will indeed last for a very long time. But if the bottle is half-empty, I would recommend transferring a good cognac to a smaller (preferably crystal) decanter to limit contact with air. Alas, cognac in my house never lasts long enough to warrant such a transaction!