Spirits Review

Camus Ile de Ré Cliffside Cellar Cognac

The Ile de Ré is an island off the west coast of La Rochelle in the Cognac region of France, where Camus ages a range of spirits, including the Cli side Cellar Cognac XO Brandy. This bottling gets barrel-aged twice: first in cellars, and then in the Fort de La Prée, a monument constructed in 1626 overlooking the ocean. That results in a saline, vanilla-scented Cognac with perfectly extracted oak notes. It’s wonderfully saltysweet, with caramel-like notes playing off an almost peaty earthiness. Enjoy it neat, just like a Scotch.

Reviewed in W&S Winter 2013.