February 2015 - Cognac, Armagnac and Calvados

This month's Spirits feature is Cognac, Armagnac and Calvados
Cognac, Armagnac and Calvados Reviews
209170
Louis Royer
Extra Grande Champagne Cognac
Dark mahogany garnet color. Rich, complex aromas and flavors of mocha buttercream, chocolate cherry nut fudge, and pencil shavings with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-full body and a smooth, complex, endless finish with elements of cola float, spiced fruits, toffee, and wintermint with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. A lush and exquisitely flavorful well-aged Cognac with evolving waves of flavor.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209169
Louis Royer
XO Cognac
Bright bronze color. Dense, complex aromas and flavors of caramelized black walnuts and plantains, licorice, fig paste, and spice with a velvety, bright, fruity medium-full body and a smooth, complex, medium-long finish with suggestions of pipe tobacco, mocha, cola, and mineral dust with moderate oak. A well balanced and rewarding XO that will be fantastic with cigars.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209168
Louis Royer
"Force 53" VSOP Fine Champagne Cognac
Deep amber copper color. Rich aromas and flavors of mocha gelato, chestnut brittle, honeyed dried fruits, and cherry cola with a satiny, racy, fruity full body and a warming, nuanced, long finish displaying notes of rich brown spices, caramelized fruit, mint tea, and minerals with moderate oak. A sensational vibrant and remarkably smooth and balanced high proof Cognac that will be a great choice for cigars.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209088
A. De Fussigny
Selection Fine Cognac
Deep amber color. Delicate aromas and flavors of honey cream, praline, and dried fruit with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a silky, interesting, medium-length finish with accents of sweet spices, white chocolate, brandied cherries, and minerals. A subtle and elegant VS Cognac with a great balance of fruit and warmth.
93 points $49.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206367
Rémy Martin
1738 Accord Royal Cognac
Dark mahogany copper color. Rich, attractive aromas and flavors of cherry creme brulee, caramel apple, toffee, and banana cream pie with a glycerous, lively, fruity full body and a warming, complex, long finish revealing notes of chocolate alpine mint, pink peppercorn, cola, and brown spices with moderate oak. A sensational vibrant and hedonistic XO Cognac that is sure to please.
93 points $49.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208849
Merlet
Cognac Selection Saint Sauvant
Pale amber color. Delicate, lively, floral aromas and flavors of spiced apples, cherries, and pears, anise, pistachio nougat, and fuel-like minerals with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, intricate, medium-long finish with impressions of chocolate mint cookie, honeyed herbal tea, vanilla praline, and pepper. A complex and layered Cognac with beguiling, evolving flavors.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209167
Louis Royer
VSOP Préférence Cognac
Bright copper color. Mild aromas and flavors of mocha and melted toffee with a glycerous, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a silky, engaging, medium-length finish that shows impressions of fig pastry, Manuka honey, rich brown spices, and limestone. Excellent texture and smoothness in a subtle fruity frame.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209087
ABK6
VSOP Cognac, "Grand Cru"
Amber color. Lively aromas and flavors of caramelized fruits, baking spices, and buttercream with a supple, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a stimulating, relaxed finish revealing nuances of honey creme brulee, pink pepper, nuts, and minerals with moderate oak. A very nice fruit forward Cognac with good length and depth.
89 points $34.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209166
Louis Royer
VSOP Cognac
Deep amber color. Delicate aromas and flavors of peanut brittle, mocha, and pencil eraser with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a peppery, interesting, medium-long finish evoking accents of buttercream, nut oil, pepper, and spiced fruits with light oak. A nice zesty, carefree VSOP Cognac that will pop in cocktails.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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