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January 12, 2018

Review: Chalfonte VSOP Grande Fine Cognac

by Jeff Ellingson

Chalfonte VSOP Grande Fine Cognac is made from white grapes grown in the Grande Champagne cru.  The Grande Champagne terroir is characterized by a maritime climate and chalky soils over limestone and sandstone.  Chalfonte is distilled, aged and blended in limited quantity in the heart of the Cognac region.  While Chalfonte VSOP Grande Fine Cognac may not be a household name, it was the highest scoring cognac reviewed by The Beverage Testing Institute in 2017.   It pours to a golden honey color.  The aroma is apricot, vanilla, spice, fresh smashed grape, oak, and berry, with a floral backing.  The sweet juicy grape entry is joined by berry flavor building to a tart peak.  It fades with apricot, vanilla and cream and finishes warm, semidry, and peppery with leather, oak, licorice, and orange rind taste.  Chalfonte VSOP Grande Fine Cognac is a flavorful VSOP cognac priced more like a VS cognac.

Made in Cognac France

40% Alcohol

Score: 90

Award: Silver Medal

 

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