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April 2012 - Cognac & Armagnac

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

Cognac & Armagnac Reviews

Courvoisier
97 points
$250
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
$200
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
$49.99
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
$85
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
$60
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
$85
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
$29.99
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
$49.99
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
$26
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
$39
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
$47.99
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
$34.99
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
$24.99
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
$24.99
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
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