Louis Royer XO Cognac
Louis Royer // Cognac, France
Founded in 1853 by its namesake, Louis Royer, who was also a beekeeper. As a result, a bee has been the brand's symbol from the beginning. Louis Royer is a cognac house which uses all six regions in the Cognac region, but this XO is a Fine Champagne. This means grapes harvested for this bottling came from the top cru, Grande Champagne (at least 50% of blend) and Petite Champagne, the second top cru.
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 shows a solid amount of wood spices and a touch of smoke. Primary fruit is not found, but there's some leather and tobacco notes hiding in the background. The palate is smooth, but not creamy and is tangy with milk chocolate and pears. The finish is soft and a touch sweet."