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Best Cognacs

Best Cognacs

Best Cognacs

Cognac has taken the world by storm, enjoyed by all, from Napoleon to Kanye West, there really is a cognac for every palate!

However, despite the versatility of the spirit and the endless options of brands and bottles that are available, it is natural that we are often asked ‘what is the best cognac to buy?’ Now, we could not possibly give you one simple answer to this question, so we have compiled a number of lists that should help you in your quest to find your ultimate cognac. 

Best Cognacs

Keep reading, as we explore a selection of the best cognac in the world, within each age category

The popularity of cognac continues to climb and conquer the globe. Regarded as one of the most prestigious spirits available, some bottles have even sold for six-figure sums. But what makes this French delicacy so fashionable?

The vast majority of cognac is produced from quite an underwhelming grape, the Ugni Blanc. However, through the artistry of double distillation and the miracle of French oak, this rather average grape is transformed into one of the most versatile spirits there is.

Cognac is not just for sipping as a digestif by the fire anymore, it can be enjoyed in a multitude of ways and it is this diversity that makes it so popular with all manner of people around the world. 

The key differences with most cognacs comes down to how long they have been aged for, falling into one of four categories: VS, VSOPXO and the recent addition of XXO. With this in mind, it would be impossible for us to just mention one cognac, so keep reading as we explore a selection of the best cognac in the world, within each age category. 

Best VS Cognacs

The first VS on our list has to be the timeless icon that is Hennessy’s Very Special Cognac. This bottle represents centuries of cognac in the making and is the signature piece from the world’s top cognac producer. 

Hennessy VS

This classic cognac is produced using a blend of 40 different eaux-de-vie from across all the cognac regions and aged for between two and five years. Hennessy’s process is incredibly meticulous to ensure it delivers exquisite cognac time and time again. After distillation, only the best eaux-de-vie is selected during tasting sessions held by a committee of experts and blended by the cellar master. After blending, the cognac is aged in Limousin oak casks that have been left outside for several years, exposing them to the changing seasons to reduce bitter flavors and develop a natural vanilla sweetness. 

Every tiny detail of Hennessy’s cognac production is deliberate and it certainly delivers, as arguably one of the most popular cognacs in the world. This is also an incredibly adaptable cognac that can be enjoyed straight from the bottle like Kanye does it, sipped from a tulip glass or as a base for both classic and modern cocktails

Deau URB'N De Luxe

The second VS we think is worthy of a mention as one of the best cognacs out there, is this exciting offering from the innovative house of Deau. It’s the perfect choice to represent the new generation of cognac lover that we have seen take the industry by storm. 

This invigorating VS cognac is characterised by unique notes of fresh mint and white rose, it has a refreshing yet smooth profile that makes it an appealing alternative to cognacs from some of the bigger and pricier houses. 

The cognac is housed in a trendy take on the classic ‘tasting bottle’ style, which we think perfectly portrays its place as a cognac for the cool kids. We’re certainly not alone in our love for this VS; it was recognised as a best cognac 2019 in both the China Wine and Spirits Awards and the Spirits Selection by Concours Mondial de Bruxelles, where it received Double Gold and Gold respectively. 

Best VSOP Cognacs

Remy Martin VSOP

Another iconic cognac on our list is Remy Martin’s VSOP, it might be an obvious choice but it’s a classic for a reason. This cognac is the epitome of master blending and harnesses Remy Martin’s signature style to deliver the true essence of cognac

Remy Martin’s renowned VSOP is crafted from eaux-de-vie solely from the Fine Champagne region and aged for at least four years in Remy’s historic cellars. When sipping this legendary spirit, it should taste that bit sweeter knowing that the age denomination ‘VSOP Fine Champagne’ is in fact all down to the genesis of this very cognac. 

This cognac was first created in 1927 and presents a harmonious marriage of ripe fruits, subtle notes of liquorice and delectable aromas of baked apple. The body is wonderfully structured and complex, with a divine silky texture. It’s no wonder that Remy’s VSOP has stood the test of time and continues to be awarded at the most prestigious competitions around the world. 

Frapin VSOP

This highly awarded VSOP from house Frapin has been crafted from Ugni Blanc grapes grown exclusively in the region of Grande Champagne. Distilled on the lees for a longer finish, this is a quintessential premier cru blend that possesses wonderful roundness and suppleness. 

The Frapin House prides itself on its single-estate status, as every cognac is harvested, distilled and aged in its entirety at the Domaine, and it has been this way for a staggering 20 generations.

The house carefully controls every aspect of production and abstains from scientific methods, instead relying on age-old traditions. 

This VSOP cognac is characteristic of its terroir, with delightful aromas of honey, gingerbread, hazelnut and a touch of vanilla. On the palate it is sweet, satisfying and long with lingering spice. Having received numerous awards over the years, this is an undeniably exquisite cognac that we recommend adding to your collection. 

Best XO Cognacs

De Luze XO

A stunning example of a Fine Champagne cognac from the Boinaud Estate. The De Luze XO Cognac is a testament to their cognac house and this has been proven by the wealth of awards that it has picked up year after year. 

This Extra Old cognac has been aged for on average, around 20 years, however the oldest eaux-de-vie in the blend comes from the harvest of 1980 on the family estate. It is a sublime offering from the De Luze Maison, and encapsulates the spirit of the house.

The multi-award-winning cognac has a bold and intense floral character to it, and unusually it is recommended to enjoy it on ice so as to draw out some of its subtler notes. Presented in a stylish decanter that speaks to the house’s recent modernisation, this voluptuous carafe and the liquid gold encased within it is worthy of a spot in any connoisseur’s collection.

Audry XO

Another Fine Champagne blend on our list is this XO from Audry, and this one is extra special. The Audry cognac house was founded in 1878, however it ceased selling cognac in the 1950s and instead kept a number of larger stocks in its cellars in the hope that one day Audry would rise again. Low and behold that day came, and Audry now dips into its precious Limousin and Tronçais oak casks, housed in its Paradis cellar, to carefully select rare and beautifully matured eaux-de-vie for limited release. 

This XO cognac is a treasure that has been created from a blend of the original reserve and aged for an impressive 12 to 30 years. It presents a decadent toasted, creamy flavor on the palate with hints of dark toffee and almond. This is a luxurious and expressive cognac that should be sipped neat and savored. 

Best XXO Cognacs

Hennessy XXO

Hennessy makes a second appearance on our Best Cognac list, but how could we not give it its credit here when it was the cognac responsible for establishing the new XXO category. The official age category for XXO is 14 years or longer, however this cognac contains some eaux-de-vie aged for more than 50 years. 

This cognac is a rich tapestry of Hennessy’s finest spirits, having been blended from a selection from the house’s vast chais; it's a true masterpiece and a must for any avid collector. Hennessy’s XXO was crafted by the seventh generation Cellar Master, Yann Fillioux, and offers notes of bitter orange, freshly grated nutmeg, liquorice, peppermint and delicate spices.

Prunier XXO

Whereas the XXO Family Series 001 was a blend of two vintage Cognacs from the Fins Bois, this XXO Family Series 002 edition is from the 1985 vintage and is a single cask Cognac - bottled at its natural cask strength 48.6%. It comes from the Grande Champagne cru and was selected by Dale Cooper alongside Stephane Burnez from Maison Prunier. During Cooper’s recent visit to the Cognac region, he visited Prunier’s damp cellars in Gimeaux where hundreds of barrels and dame jeannes peacefully lie, allowing the Cognac inside to mature and come of age.

As one can imagine, hundreds of samples from all sorts of different barrels and dame jeannes were tasted, but one in particular stood out: what now has been bottled as the Prunier XXO Family Series Number 002. In a recently published interview, referring to this specifically selected Cognac, Cooper himself states, “Yes, but this one stood out. As much as the first one I did was amazing, I think this one is going to walk all over the first one.” Strong words but they are undoubtedly merited given just how expressive this Prunier XXO Family Series Number 002 is. The balance and maturity are simply spot on!

Cognac for beginners

One of the most popular questions posed to Cognac Expert is "what's the best Cognac for beginners?"

The start of a journey - any journey - is always exciting. So if you’re someone who is taking their first tentative steps along the road to cognac enlightenment, welcome! You’ve just entered a world of sensory ecstasy.

Now we know there must be a lot of you out there, eager to get stuck in, because one of the most popular questions posed to Cognac Expert is ‘what’s the best cognac for beginners?

This question is not surprising, as when you’re a cognac newbie wanting to purchase a bottle, the thousands of options to choose from can be somewhat intimidating. You might think that you could educate yourself by taste testing in a bar or restaurant, but unfortunately the choices here are usually restricted to a VS or VSOP from one of the ‘big four’ (Hennessy, Remy, Martell or Courvoisier). 

Whilst there is absolutely nothing wrong with a ‘big four’ cognac, we think it is important as a newcomer to the spirit that you are introduced to some of the other exceptional but smaller brands out there. 

So keep on reading as we take you through some of our recommendations as to what is a good cognac to buy as a beginner

Hine Rare VSOP

This Fine Champagne cognac is made from around twenty-five distinct eaux-de-vie from the Grande and Petite Champagne regions. Aged for between six and twelve years, it boasts vibrant aromas of roasted nectarines, apricots and melon, mixed with sophisticated notes of orange resin, oak and vanilla. 

We love this VSOP as it doesn’t carry the harshness that is often associated with a youthful cognac, instead it is wonderfully smooth in the mouth with perfectly rounded flavors. Suitable for both tall, light cocktails, spirit mixers and sipping neat; this is definitely a best cognac to buy to begin with

Marancheville XO Grand Champagne

This is a cognac that gives XOs from the big four houses a definite run for their money, and at a far more affordable price. This well-aged blend solely from the premier cru of Grande Champagne, showcases delicious tangy, nutty and woody flavors that often dominate the spicier cognacs. 

Marancheville’s XO also features a wonderful rancio, a mysterious mushroomy, earthy flavor that you will come to recognise as you delve further into the world of cognac. It is only present in cognacs that have been considerably aged and it is extremely sought after. 

Park Napoleon Borderies Cognac

This cognac falls into the unofficial age bracket of a Napoleon, which usually refers to a cognac that has been aged for an average of 20 years. We love this cognac as it is made from a blend of eaux-de-vie from the most exclusive of the growing regions, Borderies, and so offers the wonderful tones of violets that are so typical of this terroir. 

The Park Napoleon Borderies provides a delicate taste experience and is exceptionally elegant on the palate. All of Park’s products are created in small batches, meaning the highest quality each and every time. This is a really easy drinking cognac and one that we recommend trying in a multitude of ways to experience the subtle taste alterations this brings. 

Bache Gabrielsen American Oak

When Bache first introduced its American Oak in 2017, it was a truly innovative product and the first of its kind. This VSOP gets its magical touch thanks to the aging process being finished in Tennessee oak barrels which has led to a distinctly bourbon-esque taste experience. 

The bourbon flavor combined with fruity, almost tropical aromas, makes for an extremely versatile cognac. This is a great choice to evolve your palate and knowledge of how different cask finishes have a direct influence on the final product. 

We hope this guide of cognac for beginners has inspired you to begin your cognac journey, and don’t forget to keep us updated as you taste test your way through the endless eaux-de-vie options and work your way up to connoisseur status!

Best Cognacs for the money

Settle in as we introduce you to some of the finest Cognac money can buy (within reason)

As one of the world’s most prestigious spirits, the price of cognac can sometimes be somewhat eye-watering. We love our eaux-de-vie as much as anyone, but even we couldn’t stretch to some of the six-figure sums that have been paid for bottles of cognac through the years.  

However, there are also some spectacular cognacs that don’t have to cost you an arm and a leg and so we have taken it upon ourselves to present to you some of the best value cognac that you can indulge in. 

As XO and above cognacs are deemed to be the best quality due to their extended aging, the following four bottles are all within this age category. That isn’t to say that we don’t enjoy a VS or VSOP, but they tend to be more affordable in general anyway. 

So settle in as we introduce you to some of the finest cognac money can buy (within reason). 

La Guilde Cherves Richemont Borderies 2010 Cognac

For the ultimate vintage of the Borderies terroir, look no further than the La Guilde Cherves Richemont 2010 Borderies Cognac. The estate is located in the village of Cherves Richemont is in the north of the Cognac region, and makes it primely located in the heart of the Borderies. The Borderies cru is the smallest of them all, taking up just 5% of the whole region. The flavors and floral quality of eaux-de-vie from this terroir are deep and long-reaching.

The vintage year of 2010 is remembered as experiencing a near-perfect climate. The harvest took place at the end of September, and they harvested many ripe grapes at the perfect point of maturity. The final product is a complex Cognac that is well rounded but rich. The Cognac has been distilled using traditional methods and then aged in casks selected from a range of toasts and grains. Its eaux de vie offers a rich and complex palate of aromas.

Cherves Richmont is a village north of Cognac town, home to artisan Cognac producers who has been selected for their exceptional Cognacs that come from such a small area.

Courvoisier XO

Another cognac that has continued to claim medal after medal at global spirits competitions is Courvoisier’s XO, which has become somewhat of a trophy piece for one of the most coveted cognac producers. 

Widely recognised as one of the best XO cognacs in the world, it is a profound blend of elegant eaux-de-vie from the Fine Champagne region, along with the complex and unique flavors and aromas found in the Borderies eaux-de-vie. The result is a decadent and voluptuous cognac that reveals many layers to experience. 

Judges at the Cognac Masters said the expression of this cognac was a “clear example of what you get when you pay more for age and depth”. Whilst we agree with the sentiment, we have to say that at a modest price we think you are getting the best of both worlds in terms of price and flavor here. 

Bache Gabrielsen Hors d'Age Grande Champagne Cognac

The Bache Gabrielsen Hors d’Age is a high-end Cognac from the Grande Champagne terroir, and considered to be the “pièce de résistance” of their selection. It consists of a mix between the Ugni Blanc and of the rare Folle Blanche grape, and is exclusively cultivated in the Grande Champagne growing area.

The dark amber liquid mirrors its age; the Hors d’Age is a blend made up of eaux-de-vie that has been aged in Limousin oak barrels between 50 and 70 years. The oak barrels give Cognac its full spice experience, and Bache-Gabrielsen use only the best.

The oldest eaux-de-vie in the blend reaches back all the way to 1917, and the youngest to around 1960; this is undeniably reflected in the quality of the blend itself. It is a rich Cognac with plenty to show off about, and comprises the best elements of fine Premier Cru produce, such as its long finish. The Hors d’Age is a work of art that is only available for this limited period only, and would make a wonderful gift in its stylish box.

Camus Borderies XO Family Réserve

The Camus Borderies XO Family Réserve is created exclusively using grapes grown on one single Borderies vineyard belonging to the Camus family. The family ensures that its vineyards are cultivated in a sustainable and ecologically sensitive way, in order to preserve the environment and wildlife. 

Camus keeps its eau-de-vie separate prior to blending, allowing them to be distilled and aged in individual casks for at least 10 years. This meticulous process allows the Cellar Master to carefully fuse the eaux-de-vie after aging and the final result is an intensely aromatic, single-estate XO cognac

Priced at just $225 and presented in a dazzling decanter with an accompanying presentation box we definitely think this carefully crafted Family Réserve cognac is worthy of the price tag. 

We hope you’ve enjoyed this selection of exceptional cognacs that don’t break the bank, but please let us know if you have a favorite bottle that you think is missing off this list! 

Best Cognac under 100$

Terroir actually means far more than simply the land or soil. It’s a unique description that describes both the geographical and the climatic conditions.

Although cognac has a reputation as being a rather luxurious spirit, it’s not always necessary to spend a fortune to get a very good cognac indeed. That is why we have compiled a list of the 10 best cognacs under $100, with the help of Sophie who undertook the ‘arduous’ task of sipping her way through a bunch of different eaux-de-vie. 

You should enjoy these wonders neat, or perhaps on the rocks, to best savor their age and complexity. 

Top 10 Cognacs under 100: Sophie's choice

We wanted to discover the oldest, highest quality cognacs available that didn’t exceed the ceiling of the $100 dollar bill. And, we must admit, we were pleasantly surprised as to how many XOs, Vielle Reserves, and even Hors d’Age made the grade. However there’s also a couple of great VSOPs that tick all the boxes. 

From the might of Hennessy through to lesser-known brands such as De Luze, Paul Beau, and Paul Giraud, you’ll be amazed at what you can purchase and still get some change from $100 bucks. This is, we have to say, a pretty incredible selection of cognacs, and each will stand muster for even the most fastidious of palates. 

Lavenat XO

As one of the lesser-known on the Cognac radar, Maison Lavenat is a brand that remains offline. So without being able to rely on the trusty investigative tools of the world wide web, we visited the Lavenat estate in Bassac and talked to Bernard, his son and his grandson to discover more about the brand and the good-humoured man behind it in particular.

He's producing outstanding Cognac such as the Lavenat XO.

Lavenat XO Cognac is a beautifully well-matured blend that spent an average of 30 years aging in French oak barrels - which is 20 years more than required for a Cognac to classify as XO quality. Talk about getting more than what you bargained for?

Chainier XO

One of our 2022 newcomers: Chainier XO.

This crazy newcomer deserves a spot in our Family Tasting's top 10 as it is exclusively produced from eaux-de-vie from the Grande Champagne and reflects all the complexity and elegance the region is known for. We've tasted 21 Cognacs blindly and our team and family loved this unique Grande Champagne Cognac.

This premier cru blend consists of a carefully selected range of eaux-de-vie—many of which spent multiple decades languishing gently in oak barrels to mature to the pinnacle of perfection. The result is a nutty, fruity, spicy profile that delights in its originality.

Pierre Croizet XO

Aged for 20 years in oak barrels, a memorable character has been forged in this remarkable XO Cognac. Harnessing a delectable smoothness and enticing structure, it is a beautifully balanced choice that embodies an essence that every good Cognac tastefully harnesses.

Produced by a family-run estate, where farm to vine processes are prioritised, the remarkable ageing of this XO has been established with an expert line of tradition. Made with eaux-de-vie from the sought after Fins Bois region, its flavour is renowned for its delectability. A beautiful choice encompassing tradition and an elegant essence spectacularly.

Ordonneau Domaine de la Grolette Très Vieille Réserve

Another great value for money Réserve quality Cognac: Ordonneau Domaine de la Grolette Très Vieille Réserve. This Borderies eaux-de-vie is brimming with the classic violet tones so typical of the terroir. If you’ve not yet sampled the delights of an Ordonneau Cognac, then this is a great example to appreciate quite how good this artisan house is.

Bowen Napoléon Cognac

Bowen’s Napoleon is a delicious blend that comes from the much sought after terroir of Borderies. Well aged, it truly showcases the jasmine and violet aromas that this growth area is famed for. This is another cognac that really does offer exceptional value for money. 

Hennessy VS Very Special Cognac

Representing centuries of Cognac making, Hennessy Cognac VS (Very Special) is a timeless icon: true to its origins, but always looking to the future. 40 different eaux-de-vie from across all Cognac regions are used in the blend, with a minimum age of two years and some aged up to five.

Every tiny detail of Hennessy’s Cognac production is deliberate; the location of their cellars (or chais in French) on the banks of the River Charente has been chosen to provide a humid environment, with a relative moisture level of at least 90% to accelerate the angel’s share of alcohol vapors and create a more mellow spirit.

Léopold Gourmel Age Du Fruit 10 Carats Cognac

This Léopold Gourmel is a lovely old XO Fin Bois Cognac, slightly over-proof at 41% ABV. It matches well after white wines, meat or fish, or even Asian cuisine. Age Du Fruit is produced without additives, aged in untoasted French oak casks, never chill-filtered, and certainly doesn’t have any artificial wood notes. It also, of course, goes without saying that there’s no added caramel here

Tesseron Lot No76 XO Tradition Cognac

The multi-award-winning Tesseron Lot No76 XO Tradition is a blend of the very best eaux-de-vie from Grande Champagne, with the oldest being from the harvest of 1976. Enjoy neat or over ice for the very best taste experience. 

Braastad XO Superior Cognac

Braastad XO Superior is a blend of four different region’s eaux-de-vie: Grande and Petite Champagne, Borderies and Fins Bois. The eaux-de-vie in the blend have been aged for between 15 and 25 years

Paul Beau Hors d'Age Cognac

Winner of an impressive 5 gold medals since the year 2000, Paul Beau’s Hors d’Age was a quarter of a century in the making. This is truly evident from the moment you first set eyes on its deep mahogany robe and the aromas and flavors only enhance the sensory journey. We just HAD to include this on the list. 

So that’s it - Sophie’s list of the best cognacs for under $100 (or so). And if you’ve read this list and we’ve missed your favorite cognac off it, then let us know! We’ll happily carry out a further taste test. 

Best Cognac under 50$

There are so many great cognacs at umbeatable prices, but we wanted to present you with a selection that isn't too overwhelming

Cognac Expert has created this list in response to multiple readers’ requests for a selection of the best cheap cognac, well let’s rephrase that as cognac is never cheap, the best affordable cognac! So we have set about discovering the best cognac under $50 (or thereabout) that you will still be proud to serve to family and friends. 

Obviously, this list could go on and on, as there are so many great cognacs at unbeatable prices, but we wanted to present you with a selection that isn’t too overwhelming.

Jean Fillioux COQ Grande Champagne

Jean Fillioux COQ is a zesty VS cognac. It is light and pleasantly fresh, with floral notes, vine blossom, lime tree and citrus peel. The light color shows that it is relatively young in age, but that doesn’t mean it is any less interesting than more mature blends. The Fillioux estate is dedicated to producing the highest quality cognac whilst paying tribute to century-old traditions in craftsmanship. You can be confident in this cognac’s success at any dinner party. 

Courvoisier VSOP Fine Champagne

Another big house name to make it onto our list here, but how could we not include this iconic blend that is also an absolute bargain at this price?! Made solely from eaux-de-vie from the two premier regions of Grande and Petite Champagne and aged for between eight and 12 years, this blend is a medium-bodied classic. 

This cognac offers wonderful aromas of butter, caramel and sandalwood, combined with elegant notes of pears and a hint of vanilla. It is both soft and smooth on the palate and can be enjoyed as a stand-alone beverage or as a base for cocktails

Francois Peyrot VSOP

Francois Peyrot VSOP Cognac is another good budget cognac and perfectly represents this family-run, artisan house. It is made from a blend of only Grande Champagne eaux-de-vie. For over two decades now, Peyrot has shunned the use of any chemical; so you can rest assured that when you purchase a cognac from them, nothing has been used to aid or enhance the growth of the vines. This VSOP is ideal to enjoy as either an aperitif or digestif, or even as a base for your favorite cocktail

Marancheville VSOP Grande Champagne

This is a relatively new brand that we’re very into. We get excited when there are new and innovative people on the block! Already the bottle looks a little different and rather hip, which is quite rare in the world of cognac. Marancheville’s cognacs are outstanding. This one, their VSOP Grande Champagne, is both powerful and mature, without being too spicy. It develops subtle notes of honeysuckle and fruit and has a smooth, long finish. 

Best Cognac Brands

We can tell you: there isn't a rule. The best Cognac is the one you like.

We are often asked what are the top cognac brands in the world. Is there a list? Is there a rule as to which is the best taste? Is the most expensive brand the best cognac? What are the best cheap cognac brands? And if you just buy the known bottles, are you sure to get a good one?

We can tell you: there isn’t a rule. The best cognac is the one you like: taste, design, culture and background determine preference. It all comes into play together. We recommend exploring and discovering the background of brands, distillers and traders when searching for new cognacs. 

There are many cognac brands and even more cognacs. There are big ones, middle-sized ones, small producers and distillers. Have a look through all the cognac brands on - we have almost all of them listed. 

Or, have a look at our list of all Cognac Bottles.

In our opinion, the most attractive cognac comes from a small, private single estate distiller - a family business that you get to know: something special, hidden and unknown. 

It’s also interesting to look at tasting competitions and awards, their function as a neutral third party is important for the value of cognac and is a great source for discovering new and upcoming cognac brands. 

 If you’re still on the hunt after taste-testing your way through that wide selection, then why don’t you have a read of some of our other articles on the subject, including:

Best Cognac for connoisseurs

Have a look at our list of the Best Cognac for connoisseurs

Chateau de Montifaud Héritage Louis Vallet L50 Cognac

A rare release drawn from the Paradis cellars at the Château de Montifaud, this Cognac was the first to personally be distilled Louis Vallet (4th generation) which today stands a proud family treasure and trophy of the longstanding legacy each of the family's generations behold. After aging in a combination of red oak and particularly old Cognac barrels, Château de Montifaud Héritage Louis Vallet L50 Cognac the percentage of alcohol naturally reduced to 50%, it was then diluted over a period of 2 years down to 40%. This Grand Cru blend has been crafted exclusively from Petite Champagne eaux-de-vie laid down between 1935 and 1982, making it an exceptionally rare Cognac.  

Navarre Souvenir Imperial

It is fruity, multifaceted and complex from beginning to end. Aged for half a century, this Hors d’Age is an ‘Imperial’ example of Jacky’s ability to produce Cognac blends from the Grande Champagne. It has undergone a process unlike most: non-chill filtered, nor colored or boiséd with wooden chips. It is, just as it was meant to be - straight from the barrel.

Not only does he produce fantastic Cognacs straight from the barrel, but he is also a master blender. Jacky Navarre is a fourth-generation distiller and grows grapes on his eleven-acre estate in Gondeville. He is a master of distillation, and uses no water - he simply allows his Cognacs to reduce by natural evaporation.

Mauxion Grande Champagne 1930

This extraordinarily rare Grande Champagne 1930 Cognac from Mauxion Selection is a product of the very best grapes from the Grande Champagne region of Cognac. This area is renowned for its unique terroir, which has created some of the world’s finest cognacs. Distilled in 1930, this cognac has been aged in oak barrels and kept in humid cellars for over 90 years.

The complexity and subtlety of this timeless spirit will transport you to the storied vineyards of the House of Mauxion Selection. With its limited quantity and meticulous selection process, this Cognac is sure to provide an unforgettable experience. The aroma of the harvest is present in every sip as this vintage spirit tantalizes the taste buds with its smooth and subtle flavor. The finish is a delightfully smooth combination of wood and spice that leaves a lasting impression.

Marancheville Très Rare Lot 14/45

The house of Marancheville presents us with an outstandingly rare blend of eaux-de-vie from the historic years of 1914 and 1945 for its latest Grande Champagne Cognac. This exceptionally old Cognac from a house known for its class, excellence and endearing humility, was created using a combination of unique eaux-de-vie from a family heritage treasure.

Audry Exception

The oldest and finest of Audry’s blended line of Cognacs, the Audry Excéption Cognac is a stunning blend of Grande and Petite Champagne eaux-de-vie. As a Hors d’Age Cognac, this is a fantastic example of Audry’s ability to handpick and blend their oldest stocks from the cellar.

It is aged between 40 and 60 years, and is extraordinarily rare. Enjoy a fruity and rich Exception Cognac with an exceptional rancio that exhibits all of the best characteristics of a mature Fine Champagne treasure: "I am delighted by the most coveted virtue of all great Cognacs; the rancio, this precious gift comes as a result of the oxidation process and a very long ageing period." explains Paul Pacult from Audry.


Which is the best Cognac?

There is not one Cognac that is better than the rest. It all comes down to personal preference. XO and above Cognacs are considered of a higher quality than younger Cognacs.

What is the best affordable Cognac?

There are so many great cognacs at unbeatable prices from both big houses and smaller artisan cognac producers. We recommend exploring the market. 

What is a good Cognac for beginners?

The answer to this question varies from person to person, depending on personal taste. However, VS or VSOP cognacs are more versatile and so suitable for someone discovering how they enjoy their cognac. 

What is a good inexpensive Cognac?

There are so many great cognacs at unbeatable prices from both big houses and smaller artisan cognac producers. However, younger cognacs tend to be less expensive than XOs or older. 

What is the best Cognac under $50?

There are so many great cognacs at unbeatable prices from both big houses and smaller artisan cognac producers. We recommend exploring the market or reading our article on best cognacs under $50. 

What is the best Cognac to buy?

There is not one cognac that is better than the rest. It all comes down to personal preference. XO and above cognacs are considered of a higher quality, however VS or VSOP cognacs are more versatile. 

What is the best Cognac for the money?

The answer to this question really depends on your personal taste, however you can have a look at our article where we recommend a number of excellent XO cognacs that are very affordable considering their age and quality. 

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