Top 10 Cognac & Brandy

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Top 10 Cognac & Brandy

With these bottles, you will be sipping in style. Expand your home bar with these top ten brandies and cognacs for your collection that are sure to become new favorites.

Brandy, in general, is any kind of distilled spirit made from fermented fruit juice made from fruits like apples, cherries, and peaches, and most of all grapes. Thanks to the spirit’s diverse nature, each new bottle of brandy delivers a unique experience.

Discover the French brandy from the eponymous region, the land of l’eau de vie: cognac.

 

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  1. Rémy Martin 1738 Accord Royal Cognac

    Proof80 (40% ABV)
    Size750mL
    Rating:
    93%
    1
    This 1738 Accord Royal release is a quality mixture of 65% Grande and 35% Petite Champagne fruits, to produce a divine blend of 240 eaux-de-vie, cultivated by patience, passion, and devotion. Rémy Martin ages their cognacs to perfection, with a signature complex palette of rich and unique aromas. It was created as an intermediate expression between their VSOP and XO releases, and named in honor of the Accord Royal that was granted by King Louis XV to Rémy Martin in 1738, allowing their use of his land to plant vines.

    Behind its stately exterior lie “mellow and rich flavors that are smooth and well-balanced on the palate. This is an authentic cognac, deeply rooted in the terroir and tradition once honored by the French king himself.” Rémy Martin 1738 Accord Royal is has a "nice big nose of chocolate, exotic fruits, spices, and toast. This cognac is extremely smooth with complex floral and fruity aromas with an extremely long finish. An excellent cognac for any occasion" (producer).

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    On the nose are generous notes of plum and fig marmalade, rounded out by intense oaky notes of toffee and toasted bread. On the palate are mellow notes of butterscotch and baked spices with hints of dark chocolate. The finish is exceptionally round with a
    $61.99
  2. Delord 25 Year Old Bas Armagnac

    Proof80 (40% ABV)
    Size750mL
    Rating:
    100%
    3
    Situated in the Bas Armagnac region of France, Maison Delord was founded in 1893 by Prosper Delord. Prosper was a travelling distiller (he carried a pot-still with him while traveling to different farms in the Armagnac region) before he purchased his own estate in the village of Lannepax with his wife, Marie Duffau.

    Before his death in 1912, Prosper passed the estate on to his sons, Gaston and Georges, who eventually passed it along to their sons, Jacques and Pierre Delord. Today, Jerome and Sylvain Delord — Prosper Delord's great grandsons — manage the prime 20 hectare estate located in the western part of Bas Armagnac, widely known as the "First Cru."

    The Delord brothers grow Colombard, Ugni Blanc and Folle Blanche grapes on their estate without the use of pesticides or fertilizers. The mild, sunny autumns and cool breezes of the Bas Armagnac region, as well the estate's acidic soil and high mineral content, are especially suited for growing grapes.

    After the grapes have been harvested, they are pressed and fermented before being distilled in a single pass through Delord's antique, Sier alembic stills. The stills are incredibly small — they produce only 30 liters of Bas Armagnac each hour — and are operated at low temperatures (typically, between 54 and 58 degrees), which enables the Bas Armagnac to preserve more of the flavors and fatty acids of the grapes.

    Once the grapes have been distilled, the Bas Armagnac is aged for a minimum of 25 years in Maison Delord's cellars. The cellars hold just over 1,000 casks at any given time, the oldest of which are housed in a special area of the cellar known as Paradise (the oldest cask dates back to 1900). During maturation, Delord 25 Year Old Bas-Armagnac picks up notes of old leather, dates, toffee and caramel, which ultimately lead to a slightly nutty finish with a touch of cashews, hazelnuts and vanilla. Although the hints of caramel, honey and chocolate are slightly reminiscent of bourbon and scotch, the flavor is uniquely different.

    Following its quarter-century beauty rest, the Bas Armagnac is brought to proof before each bottle is filled and sealed by hand with wax. Delord 25 Year Old Bas-Armagnac earned a score of 96 points from Wine Enthusiast and five stars from F. Paul Pacult's Spirit Journal, which recognized it as one of the top 10 greatest spirits of all time.

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    Subtle and complex nose, with hints of nuts, fruit and chocolate. Initial palate is bursting with flavor, including notes of dates, figs, toffee, caramel and chewy leather. Flavor fades to hints of chocolate and finishes with notes of cashews, hazelnuts and vanilla. Slightly reminiscent of bourbon.
    $72.99
  3. Merlet VS Cognac

    Proof80 (40% ABV)
    Size750mL
    The Merlet & Fils Distillery hails from the Saint-Sauvant in the Cognac region. The family-owned brand has been making cognac since 1850 and is now in its fifth generation of Merlet’s. After distilling for large cognac houses for 160 years Merlet ventured out to develop their own cognac in 2010, producing several award-winning spirits.

    Gilles Merlet and his sons Pierre and Luc created this blend as a new expression for the new generation. They sourced four cognacs from Fins Bois crus and one from Grande Champagne, aging it for at least four years, yielding a sophisticated marriage of different ages. This is a unique release where the youngest cognacs deliver power and energy, and the oldest bring maturity and complexity.

    This Merlet VS is comprised of hand-selected eaux-de-vie blended from several different regions. For this expression, Gilles and his sons selected and blended eaux-de-vie from different regions of the cognac appellation, to ensure consistent quality.

    Aged for at least two years, the eaux-de-vie selected for this blend are light and inviting, made mostly from Fins Bois ‘crus,’ but also from Bons Bois and a little bit of Petite Champagne. The result is a VS cognac with slightly woody and delicately fruity notes.

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    Delicate notes dominated by the eaux-de-vie and subtle notes of vanilla and pear. The palate is light, with subtle wood.
    $31.99
  4. H by Hine VSOP Fine Champagne Cognac

    Proof80 (40% ABV)
    Size750mL
    "We are one of the smaller houses in Cognac and produce a small percentage of what the major houses do," says Francois Le Grelle, the Managing Director at the House of Hine. "For us, it's not about growth — it's about maintaining the highest level of quality."

    Founded in 1817, the House of Hine has been in the same family for six generations. In 1791, Thomas Hine — the company's founder — left his native England in order to learn the art of making cognac. Today, nearly 225 years later, his great-great-great-great grandson, Bernard Hine, oversees the 297-acre Hine Estate.

    Situated on the banks of the River Charente, the estate benefits from a south-facing aspect, which maximizes the grapes exposure to sunshine and heat. In addition, "we only work with Grande and Petite Champagne where the soils are very chalky," explains Eric Forget, Hine's Cellar Master. "Hine's finesse comes from the terroir."

    H by Hine VSOP Fine Champagne Cognac is a blend of more than 15 cognacs made from the finest crus in France. After the grapes are harvested and fermented, they are distilled with their fine lees, which helps maintain the richness and structure of the cognac.

    Following distillation, H by Hine VSOP is aged in fine-grained wood sourced from northern France. "We prefer oak from the north of France because it has a finer grain which gives greater delicacy and less toast," says Forget. In addition, "we don't age too much in new oak as the wood flavors can dominate and hide the fruity and floral elements of the wine."

    H by Hine VSOP Fine Champagne Cognac is aged for a minimum of four years, and is Hine's most floral cognac. It has a scent of jasmine with a hint of redwood, which gives way to notes of iris, vanilla and carnation. Delicate and aromatic, it finishes with gentle notes of white grapes and a hint of apricots and cinnamon.

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    Floral scent with hints of jasmine and redwood. Initial notes of iris, vanilla and carnation. Gentle finish with notes of white grapes and a touch of cinnamon and apricots.
    $37.99
  5. Delamain L'Aigle XO Cognac

    Proof80 (40% ABV)
    Size750mL
    The family-run House of Delamain is one of the oldest cognac houses and has been in the art of making cognac for more than 2 centuries. Based in Jarnac, France, it was founded in 1759 when James Delamain left Ireland to settle in the French town. After his death in 1800, the business closed its doors to be reopened in 1924 by James' grandson Henri Delamain, who founded Maison Delamain. Several generations have shaped the character of the house of cognac, as it was run by botanists, writers, ornithologists, humanists, archaeologists, and historians.

    The cognac house is focused on XO cognac and uses eaux-de-vie from Grande Champagne exclusively, this being the most prestige of all the cognac crus (regions). Delamain pride themselves on letting time work its magic, never rushing the tasting, assessment, and selection of the thousands of samples that come their way. Time is a crucial element here, as they deal with rare cognacs, often aged 50 years or more.

    Once an eau-de-vie has been selected it goes into the cellars of Cellar Master Dominique Touteau, where it is closely monitored throughout its long stay. The aged French oak casks preserve the fruity flavor and subtleties and are moved between different cellars; sometimes the cask needs a damp environment, other times a breezy one, a cool or warmer one. The liquid inside breathes and follows the rhythm of the seasons.

    When the time has come to blend the meticulously-developed cognac, the Cellar Master already knows the tiniest details and temperaments of each eau-de-vie. The blending of the cognac is left until last, only leaving the two years of marrying the final liquid in order to let all the aromas and flavors gel and make Delamain the fantastically elegant spirit that it is.

    Delamain Cognac L'Aigle XO features the depiction of the coat of arms that Nicholas Delamain received from King Charles I of England in 1639. L'aigle (the eagle) is crafted from Grande Champagne eaux-de-vie that is aged over 25 years, resulting in an elegant and complex cognac. It is cut to 40% ABV using old cognac instead of water, preserving the delicate richness of the spirit.

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    The elegant, delicate, yet rich profile opens with floral notes on the nose, along with toasted almonds and orange zest. The palate is fruity with cocoa, vanilla, and delicate spice notes. Finishes long and complex with lasting notes.
    $193.99
  6. Hardy Legend 1863 Cognac

    Proof80 (40% ABV)
    Size750mL
    In 1863, a London importer named Anthony Hardy settled along the banks of the River Charente in France and founded Maison Hardy, one of the oldest prestigious cognac houses in the country. Hardy quickly immersed himself in French culture, going so far as to adopt the Gaelic form of his name, Antoine. In 1869, his hard work and dedication to Cognac were rewarded when Maison Hardy Cognac Fine Champagne was awarded the Diploma of Excellence at the Amsterdam exhibition, one of the most prestigious awards at the time.

    Today, Bénédicte Hardy represents the fifth generation of Hardy Cognac makers. "We have always asserted our own, very particular spirit," says Hardy. "Our cognac style is the exact opposite of robust, and we wanted the colors of the collection to embody the mild character, finesse and daring style that are our hallmarks."

    Hardy Legend 1863 is a tribute to the Hardy family as well as the world of cognac in general. Crafted from Ugni Blanc grapes, it contains Champagne, Fins Bois, and Borderies eaux-de-vie that have spent between 2 and 12 years in French Limousin oak. A rooster ― the symbol of France as well as the cognac house ― adorns the bottle with a unique and attractive design.

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    A gentle nuttiness, crème brûlée, citrus, marmalade, and dried fruit aromas greet the nose. The palate has butterscotch, caramel, fruit, vanilla, and cappuccino notes, culminating in an elegant and long finish.
    $50.99
  7. Branson Royal Cognac

    Proof80 (40% ABV)
    Size750mL
    Sire Spirits is owned by award-winning hip-hop megastar, actor, producer, and entrepreneur Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson. The company houses 2 cognac brands: Le Chemin Du Roi and Branson. The artisanal spirit builds on the rich tradition, history, and production techniques that are associated with cognac.

    The finest ugni blanc grapes are hand-picked, pressed, and fermented in vats. Afterwards, the wine is distilled using traditional pot stills, capturing the elegant aromas in the resulting eaux-de-vie. Aged in French oak from Alliers, Limousin, and Tronçais, Branson cognac is crafted with young and old eaux-de-vie. Branson has developed a unique complex and elegant house style that is fruity and floral with touches of sweet spice, tobacco, and vanilla. They take pride in allowing time to work its magic on the liquid within the barrels, aging their cognacs longer than is necessary.

    The Branson Royal Cognac expression is crafted with eaux de vie from various Cognac regions, mainly Petit Champagne and Borderies. Distilled in small batches from ugni blanc grapes using pot stills, the components are aged in French oak for at least 4 years. The balanced and smooth cognac is bottled at 80 proof.

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    The nose opens with oak notes, herbs, and floral undertones. The palate has vanilla, raisins and dried fruit, spice, and oak. The finish is smooth with lingering notes.
    $55.99
  8. Christian Drouin Calvados 25 Year Old Apple Brandy

    Proof84 (42% ABV)
    Size750mL
    The House of Drouin is situated in Coudray- Rabut France. The story of Drouin Calvados dates all the way back to 1960 when Christian Drouin Senior purchased a farm in Gonneville to turn it into cider-apple orchards to produce calvados. Drouin set out to produce premium-quality spirit, a legacy that has continued to this day.

    The third generation of Drouin's is now continuing the historical tradition, leading them to become one of the 100 “sites of excellence in taste” selected by the ministry of culture. In 1995 the European foundation awarded the estate the European Prestige Grand Prix for their production.

    Calvados is divided into three areas of production,“ calvados Pays d’Auge” being the oldest, and highest quality. Calvados Pays d’Auge is double distilled, yielding a mellow, full-bodied spirit.

    This 25-year-old calvados is a subtle apple brandy with aromas of sweet, crisp apples. The palate is well-rounded with subtle toffee, and smoke. An altogether premium, decadent digestif that earned 96 points, “Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation” at the 2016 Ultimate Spirits Challenge.

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    Subtle aromas of sweet, crisp apples on the nose. The palate is well-rounded with subtle toffee, floral notes, smoke, and decadent crème brulee and apple compote flavors.
    $257.99
  9. Marquis de Saint-Loup V.S. AOC Calvados

    Proof80 (40% ABV)
    Size750mL
    Calvados is the famous brandy that is produced from apples, sometimes with the addition of pears. Pays D'Auge is the most celebrated region within Normandy, France, where some of the finest calvados in the world is produced. It is there, near the village of Saint-Pierre, that the Marquis de Saint-Loup estate has stood since the 17th century. The region is known for its abundant apple orchards, cheeses including Camembert, and thoroughbred horse farms.

    The orchards of Marquis de Saint-Loup consist of 50 acres of regular-sized apple trees (tall standard orchards). They adhere to organic standards while building on the rich tradition that has garnered the Marquis de Saint-Loup family countless awards and accolades over the 3 generations, bringing global recognition to the brand.

    Their VS AOC calvados is crafted, bottled, and aged at their estate from 30 varieties of Normandy and Brittany cider apples. These varieties thrive on the argilo-calcareous soil that consists of clay and limestone. The apples are left to drop from the trees, meaning they have reached full maturity. After they are harvested, they are pressed and fermented for several months. The cider is then distilled using a single column still. Then the distillate is aged in small oak casks that include ex-sherry, cognac, and port casks for 2 to 3 years. The resulting calvados is very fruity with additional dried fruit and spice notes.

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    The pale straw spirit opens with fruity aromas of freshly picked apples. The palate has more apple, along with dried fig and apricot. On the finish, the fresh fruitiness is joined by spice.
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  10. Marquis de Saint-Loup 15 Year Old AOC Calvados

    Proof80 (40% ABV)
    Size750mL
    Calvados is a famous brandy that is produced from apples, sometimes with the addition of pears. Pays D'Auge is the most celebrated region within Normandy, France, where some of the finest calvados in the world is produced. It is there, near the village of Saint-Pierre, that the Marquis de Saint-Loup estate has stood since the 17th century. The region is known for its abundant apple orchards, cheeses including Camembert, and thoroughbred horse farms.

    The orchards of Marquis de Saint-Loup consist of 50 acres of regular-sized apple trees (tall standard orchards). They adhere to organic standards while building on the rich tradition that has garnered the Marquis de Saint-Loup family countless awards and accolades over the 3 generations, bringing global recognition to the brand.

    Their 15 Year Old AOC calvados is crafted, bottled, and aged at their estate, adhering to strict AOC (controlled designation of origin) regulations. Only certain varieties of apples and pears from the region are allowed and the fermented cider is distilled in a single column still. Once the French INAO board has analyzed the eau-de-vie, it is transferred into small, 300-liter casks, many of which used to hold sherry, cognac, and port. The calvados spends at least 15 years in these casks before being blended into the rich, full-bodied, fruity, and nutty expression.

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    The oak casks leave the spirit with a rich amber color. You can expect a nose of cashew, almond, and pear aromas. It's a tender brandy with butterscotch on the palate, culminating in a long finish.
    $109.99