About French SPIRITS

As with wine, French spirits are world famous and of exceptional quality. The types of spirits and liqueurs produced in France reads like a what's what of these categories. There are Cognacs and Armagnacs hat are the most refined and compelling of all brandies. In addition, you have herb liqueurs, spice liqueurs, fruit-based liqueurs, as well as dry and sweet vermouth.

Eaux-de-vie, produced from wine grapes as well as fruit from Alsace, are among the best of their type found anywhere.

There are also gins produced in France and as of recently, vodka as well. Products such as these may not be as well known as those from other countries, but the fact that they are products of France helps give them instant respect.
Top Picks for France
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Drouet et Fils
Cuvée Ulysse XO Grande Champagne Cognac
Deep copper color. Interesting aromas of cashew nougat, dried fruits, leather, and floral honeycomb with a satiny soft, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a long, chocolate orange peel, creme brulee, tropical fruit, and Asian spice nuanced finish. A lively and elegantly flavorful XO Cognac that is sure to please both Cognac novices and connoisseurs.
97 points $124.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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
204757
Bertrand
Petite Fine Champagne Cognac XO
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.
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
217975
CHALFONTE
VSOP Grande Fine Cognac
Amber color. Aromas and flavors of honeyed fruits and berries, delicate spiced fruitcake, creme caramel, and honeysuckle with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, nuanced, buttercream, tropical fruits, and flowers finish. A very silky and elegant Cognac with effortless drinkability.
93 points $23.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217814
Clos Martin
XO Armagnac
Clear dark amber color. Toasty, nutty aromas and flavors of butter roasted nuts, baking chocolate, spiced figs, apricot and strawberries, and leather with a lightly tannic, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, complex, long caramelized fruits, nutskin, oak bark, and metallic ore finish. A rich, XO Armagnac with lots of nutty oak and deep fruit flavors.
93 points $46.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213874
Augier
Le Singulier Cognac
Brilliant gold color. Bright, fruity aromas and flavors of raisin compote and cake, fruity caramel, saffron and delicate spices, and suede with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an effortless, elegant, long chocolate caramel cream, honeyed raisin toast, browns spices, and minerals finish. A beautiful and delicious VSOP-like Cognac that over-delivers for the category.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213849
Courvoisier
XO Cognac
Medium dark amber color. Rich, fruity, spicy aromas and flavors of raisin cake, orange and apricot marmalades, and toffee with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a peppery, complex, medium-long cola, spiced dried tropical fruits and nuts, caramel cream, and cedar and leather finish. A wonderfully dry and flavor packed Cognac that will be great with cigars.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210428
Meukow
VSOP Cognac
Amber color. Bright, fruity aromas of spiced raisin-peach compote and orange blossom honey with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-long bright baking spices, dried fruits, toffee, and minerals finish with crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A fantastically vibrant and appetizing brandy with great artisanal balance and style.
93 points $29.99
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