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January 5, 2018

Review: Courvoisier VSOP Cognac

by Jeff Ellingson

Courvoisier VSOP Cognac is crafted from white grapes grown in the Grande and Petite Champagne, and Fins Bois crus.  Courvoisier nurtures a close relationship with over 800 vine growers to ensure the grapes used are the finest in the Cognac region.  The grapes are harvested at their peak, at the end of summer.  Once pressed the juices ferment over seven days.  The wine is double distilled only from November to March using traditional and unusually small 25 hectoliter alembic pot stills.  The eaux-de-vies are aged in barrels handcrafted from the finest French oak.  Master Blender Patrice Pinet then fuses these fine spirits into a consistent and harmonious blend. The aroma is peach, oak, grape, milk chocolate raisin, brown sugar, apricot, baking spice, and caramel.  The sweet grape and peach entry is joined by vanilla.  Vanilla cream, apricot, cinnamon, and raisin flavor follow.  Toffee and oak arrive at the midpoint before fading with floral orange blossom, dried apricot, white pepper, baking spice, and oak.  The finish is dry with chocolate raisin and almond flavor and a healthy wave of alcohol heat and sting.  Courvoisier VSOP is a flavorful cognac that finishes very dry, and doesn’t have the soft landing I’ve come to expect from a VSOP cognac.

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2.5 Oz. Courvoisier VSOP Cognac

1 Oz. Triple Sec

1 Oz. Fresh Lemon Juice

Shake With Ice and Strain

Into a Chilled Coupe Glass

Made in France

40% Alcohol

Score: 88

Award: Silver Medal

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