Merlet XO Cognac

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Tasting review

Eye: Deep mahogany brown.

Nose: Rich and complex. Lightly floral with notes of peach, orange peel and vanilla. A spicy undercurrent of ginger, black pepper and oak.

Palate: Clean, round and ample with distinct notes of wood. Lasting fruity notes on the finish.


  • Ultimate Spirits Challenge - 2022 - Excellent, Highly Recommended - 93
  • International Wine and Spirits Competition - 2020 - Silver - 91 points
  • San Francisco World Spirits Competition - 2016 - Silver
  • San Francisco World Spirits Competition - 2017 - Bronze

Growth area & soil: Blend

Bois Ordinaires
Bons Bois
Fins Bois
Petite Champagne
Grande Champagne


Merlet XO Cognac: a Maison Merlet Masterpiece

The masters at Merlet have done it once again, creating an award-winning XO that brings together a wonderfully woody palate with lasting fruity notes. A classic blend, it has been aged for a minimum of six years to create a rich and robust flavor. This particular blend contains a combination of mostly Fins Bois and Fine Champagne eaux-de-vie using the art of blending, masterful maturation and skillful savoir-faire to create the now-iconic Merlet XO Cognac.

A round and warm blend that boasts an extreme elegance in both taste and presentation, the Merlet XO Cognac has been carefully crafted by Gilles Merlet and his two sons Pierre and Luc. The eaux-de-vie is distilled on-site before it is left to age for at least 6 years in the family's cherished cellars. This combination of crus produces a unique and fruity aromatic palate that has been described as "characteristically Merlet". A well-rounded and exquisite XO, its beautifully balanced flavors of fruit and wood has received much celebration.  

Maison Merlet has been producing Cognac since 1850 and was founded by Gilles' grandfather Firmit Merlet. Located in the village of Saint Sauvant, the estate has received recognition from connoisseurs since its humble beginnings. Monsieur Merlet even managed to earn the gold medal for his Cognac at the World Exhibition in 1900. With their estate spreading across the Fins Bois and Borderies terroirs, the family work with many winegrowers to source and distill eaux-de-vie from crus all over the region. The family's ancestral expertise is used to create award-winning and exciting Cognacs. Proving that, this blend was awarded 95/100 in Wine Mag's Top 100 Spirits 2017. The Merlet XO was praised for its elegant notes of violet, lively orange peel and a spicy undercurrent.

Presentation of the Bottle

The Merlet XO bottle is extremely luxurious in its presentation, with the family's coat of arms embossed onto the glass. A leather-like label wraps around the body in decadent deep brown and gold. The bottle also features a golden-colored stopper and a cardboard case for presentation, gifting or storage purposes. This is certainly a stand-out Cognac to display proudly amongst your collection. A treat for the eyes (and the tastebuds) for connoisseurs and amateurs alike.

How to Enjoy

We recommend enjoying the Merlet XO in a traditional snifter glass, neat and at room temperature. This will allow you to appreciate each individual aroma and savor every single sip.

About Merlet Cognac

With a traceable history dating back to 1850, the Merlet family have continued to produce cognac, alongside a continually growing range of other products, to the current day. Headed today by Gilles Merlet, his sons Pierre and Luc joined the business a few years back, bringing with them a new generation of enthusiasm and direction. Although the house Distillerie Merlet & Fils originally produced eaux-de-vie for some of the most prestigious cognac houses in the world of cognac, they are now famous in their own right, not only for their quality cognacs, but for their innovative range of other products that sell around the globe. 

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