D’USSÉ XO Cognac
D’USSÉ // Cognac, France
The Jay-Z-backed D’USSÉ brand is produced by Baron Otard, a cognac house founded in 1795. However, their labels have never been available in the U.S until recently. The D’USSÉ XO blend incorporates eaux-de-vie with a minimum age of 10 years, and includes casks from both humid and dry cellars to round out its profile.
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 enticing with rich, sweet notes of caramel and cocoa, along with a distinctive nuttiness. The palate then shifts towards a drier, spicier profile, with cloves, as well as earthy and oaky notes, with the sweetness relegated to the background. A long, smooth finish offers black pepper, dark chocolate, and apricots."