A.E. Dor VSOP Fine Champagne Cognac
A.E. Dor // Cognac, France
Amédée Edouard Dor established this cognac house back in 1858 when he began amassing a collection of fine vintage cognac. Their house collection includes cognacs that predate the phylloxera blight which destroyed most of the vineyards in France and other European countries. They were aged in wood for 70+ years before being carefully transferred into glass demi-johns. The house still has these cognacs stored as the pride of their collection. This cognac, however, is far from 70 years old. The cognacs, sourced from both Petite and Grande Champagne are aged at least four years in oak.
CognacBrandy distilled in a delimited region within France from specific grapes. Must be double-distilled to no higher than 72% abv. Required to be aged in oak for at least 2 years. Also, if labeled as the following, minimum aging is: VS-2 years, VSOP-4 years, Napoléon 6 years, XO-10 years (as of April 2018).
Cask TypeFrench oak
"The aroma is more focused on fresh fruit like apricots and peaches, but the aroma is moderate. There's some wood spices, but the intensity is light. While there is a pleasant fruit that continues, the alcohol content is noticeable and out of balance which magnifies what little spices are present. The finish is pleasant enough with just a slight bitterness and it is not long-lasting."