Daniel Bouju Réserve Familiale

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Daniel Bouju Réserve Familiale

Postby numen » Sat Aug 11, 2012 3:37 pm

I finally opened up this bottle (I'd been holding onto the one until I managed to get a second), looking for a proper reason to celebrate with it. All the same, the weekend, it being there, and really wanting to give it a go was reason enough in the end. Bouju's style suits me perfectly, so having some is always a delight. I wasn't quite sure exactly where it would be. I was curious to see the impact of Folle Blanche and Colombard, not present in any other Bouju bottling, and also about the impact of wood. Bouju's cognacs are dry and have a superb wood influence, but would the approximately 40 more years ageing be too much? Well, no. It's clearly a progression, but Bouju has ensured that the amount of wood is perfect, the dryness is still present, but he has prevented it from being drying or overly dry. It's still not sweet, though there are the beautiful reminders of sweet things (chocolate, fruits, etc). The finish, as with all Boujus, is exceptional. I'm still loving the finish more than 10 minutes after my last sip. It's hard for me to describe just how much I love this house. To take Mr. Serge Valentin's 'maltoporn' expression and bring it here, I'll go right to the tasting notes and excuse myself from any more Cognaporn.

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Without further adieu, my tasting notes:

color: extremely dark burgundy

nose: not in your face, but power and extremely rich aromas. there's a very slight amount of wood, but it falls well behind anise/licorice, chocolate covered fig, pruneau, mint, vanilla, burned caramel, and amazingly aged maduro cigar wrappers.

palate: true to Bouju, very dry, but not drying. thick, rich, chewy. the flavors here are very similar to those on the nose, but there's an addition. a slight trace of the floral, rose petals?

finish: the natural conclusion to the ageing process as seen in the Tres Vieux Brut de Fut and Tres Vieux from Bouju. The floral and slightly orange-flavor makes me think that this is the addition of Folle Blanche and Colombard. The finish is brilliantly long. Altogether fantastic. This is the 4th movement of Beethoven's 9th. A celebration and an ode to joy.

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Re: Daniel Bouju Réserve Familiale

Postby wouter » Sun Aug 12, 2012 3:08 pm

Great review! :D I tasted the Daniel Bouju Royal Brut de Fut (15yo 60% alc.) and liked it very much! :D

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Re: Daniel Bouju Réserve Familiale

Postby numen » Sun Aug 12, 2012 7:12 pm

Thanks, Wouter! And thanks for setting up the forum here! I enjoyed the Dutch forum, though I could only read it after using "google translate."

I saw that you got the bottle of Royal directly from Bouju. How did you manage that? Unfortunately, Mssr Bouju has lost his importer to the US, and I've been hard pressed to get more of the Royal Brut de Fut or most of his other bottlings any more.

The Royal is great! It's also thick and rich, but warmer and more grape/raisin flavors, I think. A little bit goes a long way, but I love it straight (without water). It has a very different feel in the mouth and flavor profile from anything else Bouju produces, I think.

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Re: Daniel Bouju Réserve Familiale

Postby BSinTX » Mon Aug 13, 2012 6:58 pm

Great information. Nice to know that the additional time was not just to put more wood into the flavor. One of those things were if the 15yo had wood, I wonder what the 40 would have. Props to you on opening the bottle. I'm with you, I plan on drinking whatever it is I buy.

Here is to hoping Bouju gets another importer.

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Re: Daniel Bouju Réserve Familiale

Postby numen » Mon Aug 13, 2012 9:34 pm

Actually, as odd as this sounds, I found the VSOP and Napoleon to have a stronger overt woody aroma and taste than the older Bouju blends. Especially in the Extra and Tres Vieux (not Brut de Fut), the woodiness was there in some of the dryness, but it was overshadowed by the rancio. The Empereur had a mix of light wood and light rancio, but mainly fruit. My open bottle of it probably isn't the best judge because it's been almost empty for too long :oops: I probably ought to do the kind thing and finish it soon.

As I say, "No alcohol I buy will outlive me."

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Re: Daniel Bouju Réserve Familiale

Postby sake » Fri May 02, 2014 3:40 pm

I bought this bottle a few days ago, believed to be an older version of the Bouju Reserve Familiale.
Does anyone know any extra information on this bottle? Thanks.
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Re: Daniel Bouju Réserve Familiale

Postby mikjon » Thu Oct 02, 2014 7:40 am

Hi
Yes it is an older edition, Cognac is about 80 years old, produced about 200 bottles a year.
Lovely cognac with hints of dried fruit and oak. And its brut de fut.

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Re: Daniel Bouju Réserve Familiale

Postby reallydog » Sun Jan 25, 2015 9:20 pm

I am a scotch whisky drinker, but want to get my self a nice bottle of cognac. I dont have much experience. I have tried Hennessy richard and Louis xiii, they were very good but this Daniel Bouju sounds amazing for a lot less money. Would love to hear how people compare this to lets say a Louis xiii, which is clearly overpriced.

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Re: Daniel Bouju Réserve Familiale

Postby JKT » Tue Jan 27, 2015 8:00 pm

Louis xiii is about elegance and finesse, the bouju FR is more depth and intensity.

My preference is seeking out cask strength older cognacs that have character and balance. You will get a lot more for your money.

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Re: Daniel Bouju Réserve Familiale

Postby reallydog » Wed Jan 28, 2015 1:42 am

All about the cask strength and aged spirits. Any recommendations? Specific brands/vintages? I order from overseas if necessary.


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