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Courvoisier Cognac Barrels

 

Tips for tasting Cognac

  • Use a tulip glass. Thanks to its wide bowl and narrow neck, the tulip glass concentrates Cognac’s nose and allows you to best appreciate the spirit’s subtlety and layers of aromatic complexity. The glass is also easy to hold and is great for admiring color.
  • Don’t warm a Cognac or any fine wine or spirit too much or you will accentuate the alcohol, not the aromas.
  • Swirl Cognac gently. Cognac is packed with aromas and needs less oxygen than wine for the aromas to reach your senses.
  • Put your nose close to the glass but not in it. (For the same reasons as above.)
  • Take a sip. Keep the spirit in your mouth for 2 or 3 seconds before you swallow.
  • Wait 45 seconds. You’ll experience the fullest range of flavors and aromas from about 45 to 90 seconds after sipping.

 

  Grade: VS  
 Cuvée Jean Godet

Cuvée Jean Godet
VS de Luxe
5 yrs old
Blend / Borderies, Fins Bois, & Bons Bois
40% abv

Honeyed, caramel-like, oily bouquet. At palate entry, tastes of dates, roasted almond, walnut paste and baked pear delight; the midpalate highlights the cheese-like and bacony rancio. The aftertaste blankets the tongue in sumptuous coats of oil, rancio and maple sugar.

 

  Grade: VS  

Daniel Bouju
Selection Spéciale
5 yrs old
Triple "S" / Grande Champagne
40% abv

Lovely, fruity nose. Round and rich on the palate, some underlying wood.

Daniel Bouju

 

  Grade: VSOP  

Château de Beaulon

Château de Beaulon
7 yrs old
100% Folle Blanche
Triple "S" / Fois Bons
40% abv

Markedly Folle Blanche, floral, touch of geranium, candied orange and broom. Very fruity, angelica and raisin, perfectly balanced, round. Good character rarely found in a cognac of this age.

Winner Silver Medal, Brussels 2001, Silver Trophy Olympiades Vinexpo 2001.

 

  Grade: VSOP  

 Godet

Godet
Selection Special VSOP
10 yrs old
Blend
40% abv

Refreshing floral nose, good length and no burn.

Poznam International Fair (Poland) 2000 Golden Medal, Intervins (Canada) 1999 Golden Medal, International Wine and Spirit (London) 1999 Bronze Medal

 

  Grade: VSOP  

Pour Moi

Pour Moi
VSOP
Blend / Grand Champagne, Petite Champagne, Borderies, and Fins Bois
40% abv

Three and a half years in the making, blended using women's palates. An ultra-luxury cognac, with no aggressive notes of wood or tobacco present. Exotic notes of buttered caramel, cocoa, rich brown spices, and a touch of pink peppercorn flavors, rounded out by an amazingly smooth and silky finish.

International Review of Spirits Award Silver Medal.

 

  Grade: VSOP  

Louis Royer
"Force 53"
Fine Champagne
Blend / Grand Champagne & Petite Champagne
53% abv

Lustrous amber color. Rich honeyed raisin, chocolate covered nut and fig aromas with a rich fruity full body and a long, vibrant and spicy, leather, mocha and cigar box accented finish. A fantastic VSOP that will shine in cocktails or snifters especially on the rocks.

International Review of Spirits Award Gold Medal (Rated 93 points - Exceptional), International Wines & Spirits Competition UK 2009 Gold, SF World Spirits Competition 2010 Double Gold Medal

Louis Royer Force 53

 

  Grade: VSOP  

Daniel Bouju
Tradition
Triple "S" / Grande Champagne
40% abv

Complex and powerful characters with delicate and fine aromas. Vanilla and spicy scents.

Daniel Bouju Tradition

 

  Grade: XO  

Ragnaud-Sabourin 35

Ragnaud-Sabourin
Domaine La Voute
35 yrs old (all from same year)
Triple "S" / Grande Champagne
43% abv

Fragrant orange marmalade, vanilla bean, flint, and brown spice aromas. A soft supple entry leads to a rich, dry, yet fruity full-bodied palate, with vibrant peppery spices, caramel, and ashy minerals. Finishes with a long charred wood, dried apple, toffee, and white pepper fade. Elegant and supple with a great combination of fruitiness, peppery spice, and terroir-like minerality.

International Review of Spirits Award 2006 Gold Medal (Rated 93 points, Exceptional).

 

  Grade: XO  

Château de Montifaud
Heritage Louis Vallet
50 yrs old
Triple "S" / Petite Champagne
40% abv

Rich, sweet aromas of toffee, smoky brown spices, cedar, and sandalwood. A lush entry leads to an intensely rich fruity full-bodied palate with vibrant dried fruits, toffee, and lavish brown spices. Finishes with long spicy, raisin, and dark caramel, and pepper flavors. A rich super-smooth Cognac with deep flavor and Christmas cake spiciness.

International Review of Spirits Award Platinum Medal (Rated 97 points, Superlative).

Château de Montifaud

 

  Grade: XO  

Château de Montifaud
XO
30 yrs old
Triple "S" / Petite Champagne
40% abv

Exceptional aroma of dry fruit & nuts (grilled almonds), "rancio" apparent, as it should be in cognac this age, with hints of spices. Very fresh, little tannin, exceptionally smooth and long.

International Review of Spirits Award Gold Medal (Rated 94 points, Exceptional).

Château de Montifaud

 

Comments and Suggestions:

 
Thu. September 12, 2013 10:23 PM - by: fay Fairbrother
Where in Brisbane Australia can I purchase a Cognac that I'm told is called Schindler's Cognac?
 
 
Fri. September 6, 2013 8:56 AM - by: james simpson
Where do I find a bottle of Louis XIII Cognac?
 
 
Mon. June 17, 2013 8:32 AM - by: janice agamie
I,m interested in learning all I can about fine cognac and champagne, so far, I think I,m on my way!
 
 
Fri. April 12, 2013 12:12 AM - by: Tim Davis
I love the Remy Martin XIII...I drank one so I have a full numbered empty set for sale, also have an unopened one....I have an A. Hardy flower bottle also...some of these crystal decanters just look amazing.
 
 
Sat. March 16, 2013 10:27 PM - by: Tracy Seguin
I have a bottle of Hennessy Cognac the bottle was purchased 60 years ago the cork is still in good shape label is a little worn. would like to sell but not sure on price.
 
 
Sun. October 21, 2012 7:32 PM - by: Stephen
ThePaul Giraud tres Rare is a phenomenal champagne. I don't see any by Dodognon. Their 45 year old Heritage is just incredible.
 
 
Thu. May 17, 2012 10:14 AM - by: CB
The Leopold Gourmel Age de Fruit above is listed as a vsop 13yr old Blend, which is NOT correct...it is NOT a blend,or a vsop. It is a 10yr old, UNBLENDED, 100% Natural ( Strictly No additives, so unlike all others )and from a single vineyard,,,much like a wine. This is the mosgt authentic best Cognac in the market !
 
 
Mon. March 12, 2012 2:38 AM - by: Cognac J
I agree that many of the smaller cognac producers provide a fantastic quality at a much lower price. http://www.cognacbrands.com gives some info about other brands such as Camus & Conjure
 
 
Tue. February 21, 2012 3:05 AM - by: Cognac J
What about Hennessy Pure White? http://cognac-expert.com/vs-cognac/hennessy-vs-cognac-pure-white
 
 
Tue. February 22, 2011 12:58 PM - by: alexandre
I like the list but missing some smaller brands or new products like Conjure. My favorite brand is Hine Cognac. It's an awesome brand with a good availability even in the US
 
 
Thu. September 30, 2010 10:39 PM - by: Andre
Where's the Armangnac? The slutty, slightly overweight sister. And, tho its not Cognac... Germain Robin brandies from California are spectacular! Made from Pinot Noir by a former Cognac distiller, loads of honey, dried currants and spice... Their "VS" knocks the socks of many a Cognac VSOP!
 
 
Tue. July 6, 2010 10:12 AM - by: Kris
The top 3 cognacs are commercially and unacceptably "sweet". Maybe fine for NBA players. And, vanilla is not something I think of as a positive in cognac like in Kelt. As Doug says "If you haven't heard of it it is probably very good"-- Gourmel was tops, but I am not sure anymore. I am a fan of Dom. Giraud which I buy by the case every few months. The Beaulon, a bit wshort in the finish but far better than most out there.
 
 
Tue. June 8, 2010 4:17 PM - by: jacob
Well if you actually travel to france to purchase Remy Martin you don't get any additives, casue I've tried their VSOP US Import and Non Import and there is a HUGE difference.
 
 
Tue. February 2, 2010 9:36 AM - by: Doug
"Stick to Remy Martin, Courvoisier,and Hennessy. These premium brands offer the best in each price range." Ha ha ha, you gave me a hearty laugh! The 100% Folle Blanche 7-year-old Chateau Beaulon will knock the socks off of any of the "big four" Cognacs, until you get into their really pricey stuff. With Cognac, if you haven't heard of it, it's probably very good, and likely devoid of boise additive. Stay away from the big four.
 
 
Fri. January 15, 2010 2:38 PM - by: Westbrow
I love Hennessy Cognac. Find the best cognac at www.bestcognac.net
 
 
Thu. June 25, 2009 12:00 PM - by: Karin Diamond
Stick to Remy Martin, Courvoisier,and Hennessy. These premium brands offer the best in each price range. I admit there are many on this list I have not tried, but have had the sample a wide range of the ones listed. Yes, price matters! Louis X111 is heaven but at what price?
 
 


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