The sweet trolley arriveth. And with a quite epically coquettish wiggle of the hips, we welcome Rome de Bellegarde. If you know anything at all about cognac then this name will automatically come with a concomitant hushed reverence. Made since 1725, it’s a brand synonymous with the most precious blends, created with rare aged Eaux de Vie. Aged for up to 30 years (far longer than its premium competitors), the new XO varietal is a pulchritudinous joy imbuing all the heat, richness and smoothness of the very finest cognac you will probably ever taste. Though, if you have to ask the price for a bottle, it’s sadly guaranteed that you probably can’t afford one.
BY ROB CROSSAN