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February 2014 - Cognac, Armagnac and Calvados

February 2014 - Cognac, Armagnac and Calvados
This month's Spirits feature is Cognac, Armagnac and Calvados

Cognac, Armagnac and Calvados Reviews

Bertrand Petite Fine Champagne Cognac XO
95 points
Deep reddish mahogany color with an olive rim. Dense aromas of varnished wood, singed nuts, cherry cola, anise, and dried fruits with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a long, resonant finish with notes of creme brulee, honey, spiced apples, pepper, pencil shavings, and forest floor. Lots of mature, wood aged complexity and panache for very serious sipping or cigars. Make sure to aerate for several minutes.
Bertrand Petite Fine Champagne Cognac Napoléon
93 points
Dark copper brown color with an olive rim suggests long aging. Dense aromas of chocolate covered dried fruits and nuts and spice cake with a satiny, fruity medium-full body and a long, rich finish with notes of brown spices, cola, minerals, and tobacco. A rich, wood influenced Napoleon Cognac for contemplative sipping or cigars.
Camus "Elegance" VSOP Cognac
93 points
Deep amber color. Mellow aromas of raisin cake and floral honey with a silky dry-yet-fruity medium body and soft, smooth delicately spicy, mineral laden finish with pleasant lingering warmth. A very elegant and stylish VSOP Cognac; try with cheeses.
93 points $39.99
Camus "Elegance" XO Cognac
93 points
Rich copper color. Attractive aromas of salty, caramelized roasted nuts, apple and date pastries, and a hint of sassafras with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a molasses cake, honeyed pear, peppery spice, and sandalwood accented finish. An excellent combination of vibrancy and elegance.
93 points $159.99
Camus "Elegance" VS Cognac
91 points
Amber color. Aromas of peach buttercream, prunes, and caramelized pear with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a long, smooth flan, mineral, dried flower and peppercorn finish. A creamy, elegant VS for mixing or sipping on the rocks.
91 points $28.99
Louis Royer VS Cognac
88 points
Amber color. Aromas of raisin chutney and spiced pears with a soft, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a pleasant peppery spice, orange blossom honey, and mineral accented finish. A solid VS Cognac for cocktails.
Merlet Brothers Blend Cognac
88 points
Lustrous deep amber color. Aromas of dried fruits, caramel, corsage, and spices with a soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a mellow toasted fruit cake finish. A light and fruity VSOP that will do well in cocktails.
Camus Île de Ré Fine Island Cognac
88 points
Bright amber color. Aromas and flavors of honey butter and spicy peach compote with a silky, light-to-medium body and a carefree finish with notes of spiced pears, pepper, blossoms, and caramelized nuts. A tasty, easy drinking cognac with a feminine appeal.
88 points $49.99