The perfect balance between power and suppleness that is characteristic of Meukow Cognacs is the result of the dedication of the Cellar Master. Anne Sarteaux, Cellar Master at Maison Meukow since 2007, continues the ancestral traditions and expertise that has been transmitted from generation to generation.
Following the double distillation of the wine, the Cellar Master carefully selects the eaux-de-vie that will then be aged in oak barrels for at least two years. These eaux-de-vie come from the six different regions that form the cognac AOC (French Protected Designation of Origin): Grande Champagne, Petite Champagne, Bons Bois, Fins Bois, Borderies and Bois Ordinaires.
As the guardian of a treasure that is revealed over time, the Cellar Master rigorously monitors the ageing of the cognac in the dark and humid ambiance of the cellars. Some cognacs are preciously kept for more than 50 years in a cellar that bears the poetic name of Paradis…. in the heart of which alcohol vapours are slowly released over time to produce the famous Part des Anges (Angels’ Share).
The expertise and expression of the Cellar Master are fully revealed at the time of blending. This delicate art requires both experience and intuition, and consists of blending different eaux-de-vie of different ages in order to obtain a harmonious and aromatic nectar.
To guarantee the inimitable Meukow style, Anne Sarteaux mainly uses Grande Champagne and Petite Champagne Cognacs, which are notable for the rich complexity of their floral notes, as well as Fins Bois, Bons Bois and Borderies, which provide fruity aromas and woody qualities that will bring a perfect balance to the blend.