Our Highest Rated Cognacs

If you're craving a delicious brandy but you aren't sure what to try next, take a look at these top rated cognacs!
Mar 31, 2016
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    10 Paul Beau Lignee de Samuel Cognac
    94
    Maison Paul Beau is a grower-producer in Cognac, one of the oldest artisanal cognac distillers in Segonzac. This bottling is based on the ugni blanc and colombard grape varietals all sourced completely from Grande Champagne region where Paul Beau is located. The “Lignee de Samuel Cognac” is an assemblage of eaux-de-vie from 1930 and 1950. Being one of the rarest expressions from this small house, only 60 bottles are released each year in the U.S.
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    9 HINE Triomphe Cognac
    94
    HINE Triomphe is produced from over fifty rare eaux de vie aged in French oak over 50 years. All the grapes were harvested from cognac's most prestigious area--Grande Champagne. This bottling is also available packaged in a Baccarat crystal bottle with four crystal glasses all inside a mahogany cigar humidor box for an additional $7500. HINE was appointed the official cognac supplier to HRH Queen Elizabeth II in 1962. The Royal Warrant is granted for five years and every five years since has had it renewed.
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    8 Cognac Park XO Extra
    95
    Every bottle of Cognac Park Extra contains a blend of eaux-de-vie aged between 40 to 60 years old, with each distillate spending its first year in lightly toasted new French Limousin oak, and then transferred to older oak casks. The ugni blanc grapes used were harvested exclusively from the Grande Champagne cru, considered one of the best and favored growing regions for cognac. The complex soil is rich with chalk and limestone, making it most fertile for grape-growing. This cognac is one of the high end expressions in the brand's line up, showcasing the best attributes of the Grande Champagne cru.
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    7 Drouet Hors d'Age Paradis de Famille
    95
    Drouet Hors d'Age Paradis de Famille is distilled in the Grande Champagne growing area of Cognac from estate-grown premier cru grapes. The eaux de vie in the Paradis de Famille are aged for 25-45 years before blending and bottling.
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    6 Guillon-Painturaud Renaissance Grande Champagne Cognac
    95
    This bottling was produced by Guillon-Painturaud, a family-owned and operated cognac house in Grande Champagne. They grow ugni blanc grapes for the cognacs on their family farm which has been in the family since 1610. Their Renaissance Cognac is aged for forty years before bottling and sees no additives.
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    5 Lhéraud Cuvée 20 Cognac
    96
    The Lhéraud family has been farming grapes and distilling cognac since 1802, but it wasn't until current patriarch Guy Lhéraud took over in 1970 that the domaine began to bottle and sell their own produce rather than selling it to négociants (the merchant-bottlers who blend and bottle and sell most cognac in the market) The 20-year age designation on this bottle does not refer to the minimum age of its contents, but rather to their exact age when they were bottled.
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    4 Bache-Gabrielsen Sérénité Extra Grande Champagne Cognac
    97
    Bache-Gabrielsen is a family-owned cognac estate that was founded in 1905 in the Grande Champagne region. They are known for their rustic facade, but state of the art production facility within. Sérénité is a blend of eaux-de-vie that contains 85% ugni blanc and 15% of the increasingly rare folle blanche varietals. The average age of the distillates, all aged in Limousin casks, is 30 years, however some as old as 50 years are contained in the final blend.
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    3 Cognac Dudognon Vieille Réserve
    97
    Maison Dudognon enjoys a long history in Cognac's grand cru: Grande Champagne. From their history as grower/negociants from 1776 to the modern era post 1970 where they no longer sell to cognac's big houses, the quality of their vineyards and brandies have been held to the highest regard. One could cite their old vines of ugni blanc, their minuscule alembic stills, or even their painstaking French barrel selection -- whatever the cause, the cognacs speak of remarkable purity and sense of place. The "Vieille Reserve" is a blend of barrels that averages 20 years of age -- this is just enough time for the grapes from the chalky vineyards to shed their tough, mineral youth and show the latent fruit and nutty cognac flavors held beneath.
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    2 Jean & Roger Glemet 1979 Cognac
    98
    This special cognac is extremely rare and delicious. Although cognac law allows for vintages, they are seldom seen as many of the big houses encourage blending to make a consistent product. Jean and Roger Glemet take no shortcuts in crafting exquisite brandies on the chalky soils of Cognac's "Grand Cru" Grande Champagne. This represents one of their oldest marques, and only a handful of bottles make it stateside.
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    1 Cognac Dudognon Heritage
    99
    Dudognon is a grower-producer cognac house with the family having grown grapes on their estate since 1776 in what is now known as the Grande Champagne region. This Heritage bottling is aged up to 40 years in cask, but remains somewhat translucent which is attributed in large part by the fact that zero additives are used. No boisé, no caramel, and no sugar syrup is used; a rarity in the world of cognac today.