Cognac the king of all spirits, liquid sophistication.
Cognac is a tradition, technique and a unique style to make brandy in one word. Cognac can only be made with Colombard, Folle Blanche and Ugni blanc grapes, following the correct Charentaise method using copper pot stills in the delimited region south west from of Paris, the drink is an experience, and there is something magical on how all these things come together.
The result, a royal drink that keeps its place as the champion in a competitive world of spirits with out trying.. No heavy marketing needed when your name is synonymous to luxury.
Years ago I did not understand how the classification worked and what was considered higher end cognac eluded me, however its quite simple as you can see below..
VS Very Special at least two years in a cask
VSOP Very Special Old Pale, at least four years in a cask
XO Extra Old at least ten years in a cask, but current legislations states over 6
Vieille Réserve a grade beyond XO.
Hors d'âge this is beyond age anywhere from twenty years and over.
I personal favorite so far is Martell Cordon Bleu. Deep golden, round and complex with Floral and spicy notes and a nutty finish, I find that its perfect for sipping or cooking.
Keep a bottle and treat yourself to perfection in a glass.