At this year's IPCPR, Davidoff announced that they would be expanding the Davidoff Grand Cru Series. The Grand Cru Series has been on the market for years and it is an old school line in many ways. Until this year the line did not have offerings with a ring gauge over 43, you can see why it may not be popular with Americans and do well overseas, but this year they announced that they would release two offerings with ring gauges of 52 and 54. Since then the cigars have been on the market, and today I check out the offering that was recommended to me by my Davidoff rep, the Davidoff Grand Cru Robusto.
Cigar: Davidoff Grand Cru Robusto
Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
Factory: Cigars Davidoff
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut
Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: Dominican Republic
Length: 5 1/4"
Ring Gauge: 52
The robusto is firm in hand and is beautiful in terms of presentation. The wrapper has a lovely Claro coloring and there are some faint Colorado aspects. The cap is applied well and the wrapper shows some minor veins here and there, but nothing major. The foot is giving off an aroma of sweet hay, cedar, cream with some barnyard and fruity aspects. The wrapper is showing some similar qualities with some leather notes.
The cigar begins by delivering enjoyable flavors that are complex and subtle. It begins by showing some cedar and grass notes, and it is followed with some creamy qualities that are paired with some pepper and black coffee notes. There is just the right level of complexity present and it is a cigar you can really focus on or just sit back and enjoy, getting something out of it . I would say the strength is around a mild to medium level and the body is there as well. The flavors are a little more, maybe more medium but not much. In terms of construction, the cigar is perfect and I am getting a great draw with a beautiful burn line and a light gray ash on the end.
When I get into the second third of the cigar, I find that the flavor profile remains fairly similar with that of the first third and it is very enjoyable. It is not the most complex of flavor profiles but it is an enjoyable one with subtle aspects here and there. it is predominately showing that cedar and hay profile but there are times when it is delivering that coffee flavor as well. The cigar is smoking at a solid medium level in this third and that goes for the body, strength and flavors. The construction is top notch in this third, no surprise, and the burn line is razor sharp with a cool draw. There is a nice bit of smoke being produced and the light charcoal ash is holding on firm at the end.
I am in the final third of the cigar now and finding that the finish is incredibly smooth. There is this lovely cream flavor profile present and it is paired with some cedar and grass notes. I'm not getting any coffee notes in this third, pepper spice either, but the flavor profile is solid and enjoyable. As mentioned before, it is not overly complex but what is present is nice. It remains at that medium level for body, strength and flavors, and that is in line with the second third. The construction on the finish is top notch and I am getting that even burn line to the end with a smooth draw and a nice bit of smoke. The ash is holding on firmly and it is keeping that light gray ash.
Overall, the Davidoff Grand Cru is a nice robusto and one that smokes perfectly while delivering solid flavors. It has some old school Davidoff qualities to it, in that I mean it is not a cigar that shows an abundance of complexity and transitioning, but where it lacks there it makes up for in consistency and a solid flavor profile. The construction is simply terrific though and it is delivering a perfect burn line with a great draw from beginning to end. For the most part, the cigar smoked at a medium level throughout and I enjoy that in a cigar. I think this will do very well with old school Davidoff guys, I think they will love to see the Grand Cru offering in a larger format, but it will not be for some of the consumers who are looking at some of the new offerings from Davidoff. This is a cigar I would sit down and enjoy with one who is looking for something milder, I don't want to say easier, and something that they can rely on if they come across this and others that they are not sure about down the road. This is a cigar that I would have in my humidor, but not something I turn to often but something I would smoke and share with another. I am giving this cigar an 87.
Overall Rating: 87 AKA "5 Pack"