Courvoisier VSOP Exclusif Cognac
Courvoisier // Cognac, France
This VSOP from Courvoisier uses grapes grown in four of the allowable six regions in Cognac: Grande Champagne, Petite Champagne, Fin Bois, and Borderies. This VSOP is said to contain brandies ranging from 5 to 15 years of age. The bottle is specifically designed to be a better fit in bartenders' hands and the blend is suited for cocktail use.
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
"Lots of young grape-y aromas come through on the nose here, with a Hawaiian Fruit punch quality on the soft palate. Any wood and spicy aromas are hard to uncover with all this fruit in the way. There is next to no complexity and even less finesse."