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February 2015 - Cognac, Armagnac and Calvados

February 2015 - Cognac, Armagnac and Calvados
This month's Spirits feature is Cognac, Armagnac and Calvados

Cognac, Armagnac and Calvados Reviews

Louis Royer Extra Grande Champagne Cognac
95 points
$395
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.
Louis Royer XO Cognac
94 points
$139
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.
Louis Royer "Force 53" VSOP Fine Champagne Cognac
93 points
$49
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.
A. De Fussigny Selection Fine Cognac
93 points
$49.99
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
Rémy Martin 1738 Accord Royal Cognac
93 points
$49.99
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
Merlet Cognac Selection Saint Sauvant
93 points
$130
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.
Louis Royer VSOP Préférence Cognac
91 points
$44
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.
ABK6 VSOP Cognac, "Grand Cru"
89 points
$34.99
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
Louis Royer VSOP Cognac
88 points
$42
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.
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