Holiday 2013 Entertaining: The House of CAMUS Unveils New ‘Family Legacy’ Cognac

CAMUS (pronunciation:  “Kah-moo”), the largest independent, family-owned Cognac house and 5th largest worldwide, is proud to announce their latest work of art, Family Legacy. Appropriately named, Family Legacy stands as a tribute to the combined experience of five generations of the CAMUS Family. It is a rich and sumptuous blend of five crus, married step by step in eight stages to create the exquisite offering.


CAMUS has been managed by five generations since it was founded in 1863. Today, it is the world’s fifth largest Cognac firm, employs 500 people and is managed by 42-year-old President and General Manager Cyril Camus, who follows his forefathers’ philosophy of quality, tradition and innovation. CAMUS sells products in nearly every country in the world, including most international airports and on board many international airlines, with a network of over 200 duty-free partners, covering more than 4,000 shops worldwide. The brand successfully launched in the U.S. in 2010.

Family Legacy embodies what five generations of the CAMUS Family like to call: “the Finer Things in Life.” Five crus, each from Grande Champagne, Petite Champagne, Bon Bois, Fin Bois and the famous Borderies, are blended perfectly in eight consecutive steps to bring Family Legacy to life. The expression adheres to the ancestral rules of perfect blending – a legacy of past expertise recorded in the cellar master’s “cahier de coupe” for posterity since the 19th century. Aged in French oak barrels, each step takes approximately three months to ensure a perfect and subtle integration of all aromas. These five crus are blended from the youngest to the oldest to ensure the most homogeneous and delicate possible match. To reach its peak, Family Legacy must attain the perfect strength of 40.8% vol.

At the request of Cyril CAMUS, President and General Manager of CAMUS, a former decanter design created a few decades ago has been re-envisioned to house the amber hued, gold-flecked liquid. The enhanced bottle design maintains a nod to the House’s heritage, while featuring contemporary lines and finishes of modern elegance—a true expression of the brand’s Living Tradition philosophy. The luxurious bottle is finished with a multi-faceted crystal stopper.

Tasting Notes

Nose: Round, smooth notes opening into velvety, complex aromas of tangerine, violet and oak fading into labdanum (Mediterranean flower) notes reminiscent of haute couture perfume.

Palate: rich and generous nose, building on hints of creme brulee and dulce de leche within the soft, delicate and voluptuously fruity character of vine peach, ending with crisp tangerine. Some dried fruit notes offer dynamic, complex staying power to a balanced, lingering and elegant finish.

Available nationwide beginning in October, Family Legacy is priced at $1299 and comes housed in an exceptional decanter and contemporary gift box.