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April 2012 - Cognac & Armagnac

April 2012 - Cognac & Armagnac
This month's Spirits feature is Cognac & Armagnac

Cognac & Armagnac Reviews

97 points
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.
A. De Fussigny XO 24 Carats Premier Grand Cru Cognac
96 points
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.
Courvoisier Connoisseur Collection Aged 12 Years Cognac
94 points
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
Lautrec X.O. Grande Champagne 1er Cru de Cognac
93 points
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.
Planat XO Imperial Cognac
92 points
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.
Normandin-Mercier Prestige Fine Champagne Cognac
92 points
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.
Landy VSOP Cognac
91 points
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
Monnet V.S.O.P. Cognac
89 points
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
Planat VSOP Prestige Cognac
88 points
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.
Lautrec V.S.O.P. Grande Champagne 1er Cru de Cognac
88 points
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.
Chabot V.S.O.P. Armagnac
87 points
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
Courvoisier C by Courvoisier Cognac
86 points
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
Tsar Alexander I V.S.O.P. Cognac
85 points
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
Courvoisier Rosé Liqueur
84 points
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