D’USSÉ VSOP Cognac
D’USSÉ // Cognac, France
D’USSÉ is a new brand, however, it's produced by Baron Otard, which has a history stretching back centuries, not to mention its own castle, the Château de Cognac along the Chartente river. The Baron Otard label itself has never been for sale in the United States. Enter, D’USSÉ's lineup, which was designed from the start to appeal to the American palate. The VSOP incorporates eaux-de-vie aged between four and eight years, and is meant to either hold up on its own or work well in mixed drinks.
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 nose is dry, spicy and woody, with lurking layers of sweet, ripe red fruits, and floral honey. Find a smooth palate, with rich notes of caramel and honey, along with cinnamon and more oaky spice. Black pepper, baking spices and more oak all come back on the finish, along with a fainter background note of honey."