Review: D’usse VSOP Cognac
D’usse VSOP Cognac, pronounced dew-say was launched by Bacardi in NYC May 2012. Jay-Z is their celebrity endorser. D’usse was created by Cellar Master Michel Casavecchia who has spent over 20 years creating cognac for Chateau de Cognac. Chateau de Cognac is where Baron Otard Cognac is made. The Chateau was originally built as a fortress to resist the Viking and English invasions at the end of the 11th century. In the 15th century Jean de Valois rebuilt the Chateau. Baron Otard established his cognac house in 1795 when he acquire the chateau. The eaux de vie selected for D’usse VSOP Cognac are aged in a combination of dry and humid cellars. The blends of eaux de vie come from four crus including Grande Champaign, Petite Champaign, Borderies, and Fin Bois. Each is aged a minimum 4 1/2 years. The unique D’usee VSOP Cognac bottle includes a gold Cross of Lorraine, Frances fabled emblem of courage, honor, and perseverance. The Chateau de Cognac also produces D’usse XO Cognac.The aroma is vanilla, oak, grape, fig, peach, raisin, orange, and baking spice. The sweet grape entry is joined by vanilla and spice. Juicy whole orange flavor arrives before fading with raisin and cardamom taste. The finish is warm, dry, and oaky, with raisin, a sprinkle of nutmeg, and pepper. For those who prefer their cognac dry, D’usse VSOP may be just the ticket. I also found a little more spice and heat than your typical VSOP cognac.
Award: Silver Medal