Our Favorite XO Cognac Picks Under $200

XO cognacs are aged for a minimum of ten years (and usually much longer). Ready to drink as is, just pour and sip -- no cocktails necessary! Here are a few of our favorites all under $200!
Oct 01, 2019
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    10 Rémy Martin XO Cognac
    The cellar master for Rémy Martin blends up to 400 different eaux de vie to create this XO cognac. It features eaux de vie aged 10-37 years with an average of 25 years of maturation. This XO is a Fine Champagne with 85% of the product sourced from the Grande Champagne region, the highest cru in Cognac and the remainder hailing from Petite Champagne.
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    9 Louis Royer XO Cognac
    Founded in 1853 by its namesake, Louis Royer, who was also a beekeeper. As a result, a bee has been the brand's symbol from the beginning. Louis Royer is a cognac house which uses all six regions in the Cognac region, but this XO is a Fine Champagne. This means grapes harvested for this bottling came from the top cru, Grande Champagne (at least 50% of blend) and Petite Champagne, the second top cru.
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    8 Hine Antique XO Cognac
    Hine Antique XO was first released in 1920 and was comprised of both eaux-de-vie from Petite and Grande Champagne regions. It is now comprised of only Grande Champagne with an average age of 20 years (and a minimum of 10 years). The wood used in the Hine Cognac house is mostly Tronçais oak (Limousin oak is most common) which is slower to grow which provides a tighter and finer grain. This equates to fewer tannins in the final product.
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    7 Martell XO Cognac
    Martell XO incorporates eaux-de-vie up to 35 years of age, with a minimum age of 10 years. The brand's signature emphasis is on the Borderies region, but here, it plays second fiddle. The XO is actually powered on grapes from the Grande Champagne region, backed up by Borderies, with no other crus included.
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    6 Cognac Paul Giraud XO
    Paul Giraud Cognacs are produced only from the Grande Champagne region and are never blended from different years. Their cognac is made from ugni blanc, folle blanche, and colombard grapes grown on their estate. While the minimum aging for an XO designation is a mere 10 years (updated from six in 2018), this bottling greatly exceeds the standard. Paul Giraud XO is aged for 25 years in barrels with a medium toast and with 33% of those barrels being new.
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    5 Bache-Gabrielsen XO Natur & Eleganse
    Woody & Sweet
    The “Natur & Eleganse” line is meant to be a bit of a modern update to the Bache-Gabrielsen house which dates its founding at 1905. The brandies show a bit more of a masculine take on the category and are not afraid of more intense wood flavors than may be typical with cognac. This XO is aged between 10-30 years and made exclusively from ugni blanc grapes grown in the Petite Champagne and Fins Bois regions.
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    4 Cognac Park XO Traditional Reserve
    Maison Tessendier exclusively uses ugni blanc grapes harvested from the four best crus in France: Grande Champagne, Petite Champagne, Borderies, and Fins Bois. While other expressions in the brand's lineup feature eaux-de-vie from one to three growing regions, their Cognac Park XO Traditional Reserve uses eaux-de-vie from all four, each double-distilled in Charentais copper pot-stills. Aged for 20 to 25 years, new medium-toasted French Limousin oak casks were used during the first year of aging, followed by a secondary maturation in older casks. After blending, it is bottled at 40% ABV.
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    3 Drouet XO Cuvée Ulysse
    Drouet is a single estate cognac brand located within the Grande Champagne area. All aspects of production from tending to the vines to bottling take place on the 80 acre estate. Ugni blanc and some colombard are used in its production and the wine is distilled on the lees. The eaux de vie in the Ulysse are aged for an average of 20 years in used French oak barrels after 6 months to one year in new French oak. This bottling is named after master distiller Patrick Drouet's great-great grandfather Ulysse Dumargue.
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    2 Hennessy XO Cognac
    Rich & Fruity
    Hennessy's XO first debuted in 1870, crafted by Maurice Hennessy for friends and family. The blend incorporates over 100 eaux-de-vie with ages up to 30 years. It's said to be the first XO ever released, with Hennessy dubbing that name himself. According to the brand, that's why the full name is technically Hennessy The Original X.O.
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    1 Cognac Park XO Cigar Blend
    Since 1880, Distillerie Tessendier & Fils has been producing cognac sold to other houses for use in blends. In the 1990s, Maison Tessendier and Dominic Park began collaborating on a new label that would allow the distillery to blend and bottle their own production. Maison Park was born and along with it, the elegant Cognac Park label. This Cigar Blend Vielle Fine Champagne Cognac is part of the brand's core line up. Bottled at 40% ABV, it is a blend of eaux-de-vie made from ugni blanc grapes composed of a minimum 60% Grande Champagne and 40% Petite Champagne.