Renault creates Cognac to drink with coffee

Renault has launched a new Cognac, Avec, which it says has been specially created to drink with coffee.

The drink, which was developed by Renault’s cellar master, David Croizet, has enhanced notes of roasted mocha and vanilla and a structure that is smooth and round, according to the producer. The result is “a Cognac whose raison d’etre is to be drunk with coffee”.

The inspiration for Avec came from one of Cognac Renault’s strongest markets, the Nordic countries, where asking for “a coffee with” is slang for “coffee with Cognac”.

The drink’s taste profile is achieved by Croizet’s new and unique process of cask-making that involves triple steam and brasero toasting. Barrels are made by plunging them into tanks containing very hot water, before being brasero toasted. This operation is repeated three times to achieve the precise aromas.

Croizet said: “We have created a taste that is totally new to Renault and has never been seen in Cognac before. Our signature style has always been a balance of fruit and spice. I wanted to see if we could achieve specific aromas with notes of torrefaction… roasted notes of mocha and vanilla. On the palate Avec is incredibly smooth and soft. We are not looking for a big, powerful Cognac but one that complements good coffee.

“The eaux-de-vie in the Avec blend came from the classic three top Crus in Cognac – Fins Bois, Petite Champagne and Grande Champagne – but are relatively young (between three to eight years) and Avec bottles carry no age designation.”

Avec (rsp: £39.99) is now available to the independent off-trade as well as on-trade, and it is distributed by Heinemann. 

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