One of the oldest Cognac producers, but still run by direct family descendants Charles Braastad-Delamain and his cousin, Patrick Peyrelongue. The brand was created in 1762 although the house is much older. Delamain produces no VS or VSOP Cognac, instead its entry level offering is this already 25-year-old XO produced from 100% Grande Champagne fruit sourced from local growers.
The cognac starts at around 50% ABV before being very slowly reduced with old, lower strength cognacs or “vieilles faibles”, rather than water (which is the custom). This practise further highlights an attention to quality that differentiates Delamain from the pack.