ABK6 VSOP Old Pale Cognac
ABK6 // Fins Bois, France
Don't let the sleek, modern design or the name fool you - ABK6 is a traditionally-made cognac produced at Domaines Francis Abécassis (hence the abbreviated name, ABK6) in the Fins Bois region. This single-estate VSOP is produced from grapes grown in the chalky soils and higher elevations of its vineyards. Though this category calls for grapes aged a minimum of 4.5 years, ABK6 prides itself in the maturity of the fruit used in its eaux-de-vie.
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 TypeLimousin oak
"This is an impressively well-balanced cognac for one in this age category. There is a pleasant aroma of baking pastry, vanilla, and toasty oak upon the nose. On the palate, blood orange and berry jam with a sprinkling of clove, cedar and pine cone are discovered. This light-bodied brandy is very easy to sip neat and would easily stand up to cocktails calling for brandy. "