Founded in 1905 by Norwegian-born Thomas Bache-Gabrielson and currently run by his great grandson, this cognac house source, age & blend eaux-de-vie.
Bache Gabrielsen VSOP  Ob. 40% BG
A blend of 80% Fins Bois & 20% Petite Champagne eaux-de-vie, matured for around 4 years.
- C: Well integrated, affordable expression I’m guessing. Indeed, it’s currently priced around £39.
Scores 82 points
Bache Gabrielsen American Oak  Ob. 40% BG
Cognac [at present], can only be matured in virgin oak or ex-cognac (red barrel] casks. Cognac makers don’t use/like the term ‘finishing’, they speak of ‘double maturation’. This expression has been initially matured in French oak followed by a 6-9 month secondary maturation period in a virgin US cask. Apparently, full maturation in either French oak or bourbon casks alone didn’t give enough structure or tannin respectively.
- C: Very well crafted/skilfully blended cognac, nothing crude or overly managed about it. The vanilla putty finish [with a decent chew], is the most striking resemblance to US [bourbon] cask-matured whisky.
Scores 81 points
Bache Gabrielsen 1971/2016 Ob. [btl #1536] 40% [35cl]
- N: Elderflowers, light butter cream, custard, light airy fruits & blossom flowers. I’m loving the yeastiness too. Soon there’s honey & lemon with a firm likeness to well-aged Speysiders.
- T: The only time the cask speaks overtly is here. Add water and you begin to move beyond the parts. Though it’s really delicate, there’s a little growl on the turn.
- F: Humming with waxy resins and vanilla into lychee and rose apples.
- C: Found sat in inert dead casks, Bache-Gabrielson bought this from one of Cognac’s smallest growers. The result is a terrific & subtle distillate driven spirit that could easily be my cognac of the festival, though the next offering may have something to say about that.
Scores 90 points
Bache Gabrielsen Hors D’age [+/- 2019] Ob. Grande Champagne 40% BG
Predominantly made using Ugni Blanc with around 10% Folle Blanche, this is a blend consisting of eaux de vie from 1960 [the youngest component!], the majority from the 1940s and the oldest from around 1917.
- N: Fatty nec-tar [is all I wrote].
- T&F: Lots & lots here [is all I wrote].
- C: This can’t fail to please just about everybody. This has all the tricks with all-round excellence.
Scores 91 points