April 2012 - Cognac & Armagnac

This month's Spirits feature is Cognac & Armagnac
Cognac & Armagnac Reviews
197979
Courvoisier
Redolent aromas are reminiscent of olive, coconut custard, and honeyed dried fruit with a satiny, fruity-yet-dry full body and a long, evolving finish of sweet spices, nuts, and earth. A sensationally vibrant and smooth Cognac.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197789
A. De Fussigny
XO 24 Carats Premier Grand Cru Cognac
Deep amber copper color. Rich aromas of pistachio gelato, mint, brown spices, cola, and vanilla frosted raisin cake with a silky, fruity medium-full body and a long, chewy and evolving melange of fruits, nuts, spices, and mineral. Sensationally delicious.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197978
Courvoisier
Connoisseur Collection Aged 12 Years Cognac
Deep amber color. Aromas of honeyed, buttered fruit cake and delicate spice with a satiny fruity medium-to-full body and a polished and lightly tannic anise, mineral and pepper finish. Very inviting and satisfying.
94 points $49.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197820
Lautrec
X.O. Grande Champagne 1er Cru de Cognac
Deep amber color. Aromas of raisin scone, salted caramel, and buttery praline with a silky, dryish medium-to-full body and a lively, chocolate almond and cherry and spice driven finish. Very charming.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197992
Planat
XO Imperial Cognac
Deep copper color. Aromas of raisin cake, baking spices, and creamy nougat with a supple, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, honeyed nut, vanilla, and warming brown spices accented finish. Sumptuously fruity.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198076
Normandin-Mercier
Prestige Fine Champagne Cognac
Deep amber with an olive rim. Compact aromas of raisins, dried oranges, nut brittle, vanilla, and delicate spices and a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a long, creamy creme brulee and peppery spices. Very smooth and polished.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197797
Landy
VSOP Cognac
Bright amber color. Aromas of caramelized nougat and figs with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a graceful melange of marmalades, brown and peppery spices on the long warming finish. A lively, fruity and crowd-pleasing VSOP.
91 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198077
Monnet
V.S.O.P. Cognac
Amber color. Aromas of frosted apricot danish and buttery praline with a soft, supple dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, nice integrated, golden raisin, cola and spice finish. Smooth, lively, and flavorful.
89 points $49.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197991
Planat
VSOP Prestige Cognac
Bright amber color. Aromas and flavors of pistachio brittle, buttered raisin toast, and nutty oak with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a juicy, fruit and light toasty oak driven finish. A soft, feminine sipper.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197819
Lautrec
V.S.O.P. Grande Champagne 1er Cru de Cognac
Golden amber color. Mild aromas of honeyed date cake, cocoa, and delicate spices with a soft, supple dry-yet-fruity medium body and a floury raisin nut scone, pepper dust, and chalk accented finish. A nice VSOP choice for sipping or cocktails.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198078
Chabot
V.S.O.P. Armagnac
Pale amber color. Aromas of stewed fruits and fennel and buttery caramelized nuts with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an anise cookie, pepper, and mineral dust accented finish.
87 points $47.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197977
Courvoisier
C by Courvoisier Cognac
Deep amber color. Aromas of buttercream and raisin scone with a soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a gentle, creamy nougat and anise cookie accented finish. Pleasant, easy drinking and crowd-pleasing.
86 points $34.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198227
Tsar Alexander I
V.S.O.P. Cognac
Deep amber color. Bold butter sautéed nut, leather, and chocolate covered raisin aroma with a soft, fruity medium body and a gentle buttery praline, nutshell and delicate spice finish. A carefree sipper or mixer.
85 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197981
Courvoisier
Rosé Liqueur
Reddish amber color. Cherry-berry pancake syrup, suede, butter roasted almond and honeyed pound cake aromas and flavors with a soft fruity texture and buoyant, carefree finish.
84 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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