The individual regions within Cognac are characterised by a unique microclimate and different soil types. Cognac is created from a blend of grapes rather than a single distillation and it is the variation in ages and Crus selected that give each Cognac its individual taste and style. Some are much lighter and fresher whilst others offer richer, more complex flavours of vanilla, toffee and caramel.
What to expect
The length of time the spirit has been aged influences the style of each Cognac. A quick look at the label will indicate the minimum time the spirit has been aged in wood. VS (Very Special) will have been aged for a minimum of two years; VSOP (Very Superior Old Pale) has been aged for a minimum of four years whilst XO (Extra Old) is aged for six years or more. Many fine Cognacs spend much longer in the barrel and their price tags are correspondingly high.
Did you know?
Around 97% of Cognac is exported with the majority going to China, where it is viewed as a status symbol.
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