Cognac Paul Giraud XO
Paul Giraud // Grande Champagne, France
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.
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
"Rich burnt umber in color with strong chocolate tones on the bouquet and slight honey notes. On the palate, understated caramel gives way to hearty chocolate and a creamy, full mouthfeel. Well-balanced and smooth, with a round finish."