André Petit Les Quatre Années de Berneuil

Recommended 83 /100

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Cognac age
Growth area
Bons Bois
Bottle size
Grape Varieties
Ugni Blanc

Dimitre I.

Reviews written: 25 (see reviews)

Average Score given: 81

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Based in San Francisco, CA, I grew up on a vineyard in Europe. I am avid wine, and scotch enthusiast, and I have been exploring Cognacs and Armagnacs as a newly found passion.

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Napoleon in battle: bold, assertive, dominant presence.

Exceptional 94 /100

Lip-smacking with bold flavors. There is nothing subtle about this cognac. Bottled at esteemed 44.3% vol. this cognac will capture your attention and not let go. This is a serious cognac for the connoisseurs, that made me appreciate even more the cognac from the often-overlooked Bon Bois Cru. Highly recommended.
Nose: bursting with aromas. This is not a shy cognac. Very nutty: walnuts and marzipan. Christmas cake. Rancio. Old leather.
Palate: very viscous, due to the high proof of 44.3% vol. Full body. Overriding flavors: vanilla, mushrooms, and walnuts. Sweet palate, despite the lack of artificial additives. The palate is even more nutty than the nose.
Finish: very long finish of vanilla, leather, and spices. Just keeps going on, and on, and on…


  • Apricot
  • Dried Apricot
  • Leather
  • Nutmeg
  • Oak
  • Raisin
  • Rancio
  • Tobacco
  • Wood


Wood 9/10

Spice 10/10

Fruit 8/10

Flower 4/10

Bottle / Package Design 4/5

Where is the Love? Ordinary Nice Beautiful A sight to be seen!

Value for Money 5/5

Overpriced Low Average Bargain Steal



What aromas do you get when you sniff the Cognac? Do you get hints of fruits or flowers - perhaps it's sweet? Is it intense or rather flat - and most importantly, is the nose coherent to taste and finish? The nose is the most important part when tasting Cognac.



A small sip: Allow your taste buds in the various areas of your mouth to distinguish the different flavours. This part of cognac tasting is described as ‘the palate’. Don’t just swallow it down; allow the liquid to touch all the regions of the mouth. Doing this is necessary as the taste buds pick up contrasting flavours in the different areas of the mouth; on the tip of your tongue to the sides, for example. Take a tiny sip to prep your palate for the sensory experience to come. Take a second larger sip, and gently roll the cognac around, etting it come into contact with every corner of your mouth. Focus on the perceived textural sensations. Are the sensations round and rich or fresh and elegant? Is the overall mouthfeel intense, balanced, disjointed, or lacking presence? In short, how does the cognac feel in your mouth?



Quite simply, what do you taste as you gently roll the cognac around in your mouth? Pay close attention to any flavors of fruits, flowers, oak, and spices - or a complex combination of those elements. Are the flavors cohesive with the Nose and the Mouth, giving a sense of balance and complexity?



The ‘finish’ is the experience you get after you’ve swallowed the cognac. What flavours can you detect? Is it a flat or rough finish and rather sharp, or is it a slight 'punch' you like? How long does the finish last? Also think about overall balance: How does the finish compare to nose and taste?


Overall Impression

Consider the Nose, Mouth, Taste, and Finish simultaneously - the cognac as a whole. Is there cohesion between the four categories, or does the cognac shine in some areas and appear dull in others? Quite simply, is the memory from the tasting experience one that will last your lifetime; is the memory good but nothing extraordinary; or is the cognac’s impact entirely forgettable?


Total: 94/100

  • 80-84: Recommended
  • 85-89: Highly Recommended
  • 90-95: Exceptional
  • 96-100: Superlative
Flat Acceptable Fine Excellent Ethereal Thin & weak Disjointed Balanced Exquisite Bland Ordinary Good Excellent Spectacular Non-existent, or rough Acceptable Good Memorable Endless Uninspiring, or rough Ordinary Good Excellent Memorable
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