VS Cognac stands for "Very Special" Cognac. A VS Cognac must be aged for a minimum of two years. It is also referred to as "Sélection", "De Luxe", or simply ***. If you see three stars on a Cognac bottle, it means it is in the VS age category. This means that the youngest eau-de-vie that was used to create the blend was aged in oak barrels for at least two years.
A VS Cognac will have the typical brandy color, it may be a little lighter than a mature blend. It can be a little punchy on palate, but a young Cognac can boast lovely fruity aromas. If you enjoy a rebellious spirit, it's absolutely fine to enjoy a VS neat or on the rocks. It's safe to say that VS is the suitable Cognac to use for making cocktails, long drinks, or any other kind of mix drink.It should be noted that a VS or *** designation simply tells us the age of the youngest eau-de-vie in the product. This does not prevent a master blender from using older eaux-de-vie in the blend.
VS Cognac is very popular in the US and among young people, which allows for the unique limited special edition Hennessy VS, and the VS Cognac Courvoisier, for example. The next age level up is VSOP Cognac (Very Superior Old Pale). Learn more in our selection of educational Cognac articles.