The Normandin Mercier Grande Champagne XO Cognac is a premier cru blend of eaux-de-vie that have been aged for decades. It boasts the delightful notes of rancio that are only present after many years of aging. This is a cognac that takes the taster on a journey of the senses - from it's delightful amber highlights to delicious aromas, to complexity on the palate, and a wonderfully satisfying length of finish.
All in all, this is a cognac that represents exactly why cognacs from the Grande Champagne region are deserving of their '1er cru' status. Recommended for both the cognac connoisseur and those new to the delights of the spirit.
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Tasting review by Normandin Mercier:
Eye: Amber highlights
Nose: Fruity dominance, nutty almonds, dried fruit, canned fruit, citrus fruit. Spices - cinnamon and vanilla, honey, toffee, rancio notes, chocolate, dried grass, tobacco.
Palate: Full and round, dried fruit, spices, woody - a long finish.
Summary: Complex, generous, elegant
Concentrating solely on cognacs produced from both the Petite and Grande Champagne, Cognac J Normandin-Mercier is based in the beautiful surroundings of Chateau de la Peraudiere. The brand remains faithful to its century old traditions to create cognacs that range from a VSOP upwards, along with a selection of Pineau de Charentes. This family run cognac house is today headed by Edouard, Jean-Marie and Audrey Normandin, who together strive to ensure their products are created with the personal touch and expertise for which the brand has become known for.