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Normandin Mercier Grande Champagne XO Cognac

Recommended 82 /100

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Cognac age
XO
Growth area
Grande Champagne
Bottle size
700ml
ABV
40%

Tony M.

Reviews written: 33 (see reviews)

Average Score given: 90

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CERTIFICATIONS Certified Specialist of Spirits, Society of Wine Educators, 2017 SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS The American Wine Society National Conference, 2019 PROFESSIONAL & COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT Member, American Wine Society Judge, Denver International Spirits Competition, 2019 Judge, North American Bourbon & Whiskey Competition, 2018, 2020, 2021 Judge, Finger Lakes International Wine Competition, Spirits, 2017, 2020, 2021 Judge, San Diego International Spirits Competition, 2020 AUTHOR The Whiskey Wash, February 2019 – Present The ABV Network. November 2020 – Present

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Outstanding Cognac

Exceptional 93 /100

Normandin Mercier XO Cognac is a blend of 100% Grande Champagne, and is a blend of 20 - 45 YR old, with an average age of 30 YR. The fruit really leads the way on the nose with dried fruit and some citrus, along with some nuts and spice. Some light rancio notes appear as it opens more, an indicator of Grande Champagne Cognac that is well aged. The palate is full with dried fruit and spices, and delivers a long finish. Silver in San Francisco in 2017? Not so sure. This is a perfect example of a well-aged, and blended, Grande Champagne Cognac!!!

Flavour

Wood 1/10

Spice 4/10

Fruit 9/10

Flower 1/10

Bottle / Package Design 4/5

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

Value for Money 4/5

Overpriced High Average Bargain Steal

Tasting

Nose

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.

24/25

True to category
Array of smells
Intensity of smells
Balance of smells
Presence of ethanol

Mouth

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?

18/20

1st impression
Body
Texture
Alcohol level

Taste

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?

23/25

True to category
Complexity of tastes
Distinctiveness of tastes
Intensity of tastes
Balance of tastes

Finish

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?

19/20

Flavours
Length
Power / “Smooth”
Balance

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?

9/10

Total: 93/100

  • 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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