Cognac Review: Courvoisier VSOP

Courvoisier VSOP (Very Superior Old Pale)

VSOP is a designation meaning a blend of ingredient brandies having a minimum age of 4 years in a cask.

If you didn’t know, Cognac is a type of brandy. White wine, primarily (90%) ungni blanc grape is use. It is thin, acidic and very dry. Terrible drinking wine, but once distilled twice, is a great eau de vie for aging in French oak to make a great cognac.

Courvoisier VSOP is a blend of eau de vie having ages of 8 to ten years.

Nose
Carmelized brown sugar, Creme Brûlée’s, rich currants, worn and cracked brown leather couch.

Palate
Polished mahogany, vanilla bean, coffee with cream, peanut brittle, warm peanuts, old burnished wood.

Finish
Marashino cherry, hazelnuts, mint leaves and spiced oak.

General Impressions
Good entry level VSOP. Balanced and no obvious flaws. Not complex though. If you want complexity you have to go to XO.

Recommended!

Comments

killerdemo says:

Remy Martin > Courvoisier > Hennessy

ljubomir vatralj says:

Nice review.I love Courvoisier,you should try their XO next 🙂 Cheers!

Stephane Foisy says:

I must admit this cognac is one of my gotos for creating a good cocktail such as the stinger, a side car, Champs Elysees, eggnog and of course the Brandy Alexander. In my experience a good ingredient helps a good recipe. The fact that is does not break the bank and is a good sipper is great value. As for the Lot 40 review, would it be the barrel strength or standard both are a good representation of a Rye but the barrel strength shines.

Shaheen J. Dibai says:

Timely review. I had this in 2015 (I think) and liked it, but didn’t revisit it until this month. I was gonna buy Hennessy VSOP but couldn’t bring myself to pay the price. I bought this instead, and it was really more what I wound up needing — a really good workhorse cognac. It’s interesting how we both get a bright note in the finish, but you read it as minty and I read it as citric. Lot 40 is outstanding. I made a point of drinking it on Canada’s 150th anniversary. [Edit: I actually haven’t had Lot 40 recently because I’ve had less of a taste for rye as we Americans define it. I *hope* Lot 40 is still outstanding!]

amlite says:

can you review Torres 10 and Claude Chatelier VS ?

Владимир Комаров says:

Great review as usual. I had Courvoisier VSOP last year and I liked it. I liked it even a bit more than Martel VSOP.

Cosmic Malt says:

Great review! Interesting to note that the main varietals going into Cognac production are : Ugni Blanc (Trebbiano), Colombard and Folle Blanche. Would be curious to know the differences in flavour-profile depending on which grapes are used. Cheers!

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