Review: Landy VSOP Cognac
Landy VSOP Cognac is one of three cognac brands created by Maison Ferrand. The other two include Pierre Ferrand, and Claude Chatelier. Maison Ferrand is the result of the encounter in 1989 between Alexander Gabriel and one of the oldest winemaking families in the Cognac region. They are now the sixth largest producer of cognac. The home office and production facility is located amid the vineyards of Charente in the 18th century Chateau de Bonbonnet. In 2010 Landy entered a marketing partnership with Snoop Dogg. Landy VSOP Cognac is made from eaux-de-vie originating from the Grande Champagne, Petite Champagne, and Fins Bois cru. Double distilled separately in small 25 hectoliter copper pot stills, the young cognac is kept in cool cellars in new Limousin oak casks for one year. The spirit is then transferred to older casks where the softer tannins enable the cognac to mature while avoiding the development of excessive oak flavor. The eaux-de-vie is aged for a minimum of four years before the casks are blended by their Cellar Master.The aroma is raisin, apple, baking spice, apricot, and subtle oak. The sweet juicy grape entry is joined by apple and allspice. It fades with brown sugar, raisin, vanilla, apricot, and orange. The finish is semidry and lightly oaked with peppery spice, leaving a long warm bittersweet orange rind taste, and a mild sting.
Award: Gold Medal