About VSOP Cognac

Serve in a Snifter
V.S.O.P. (very superior old pale or very special old pale) Cognac has been aged a minimum of four years, although many examples are aged as long as ten to fifteen years or even longer. It is aged longer than a VS (very special), but less than an X.O.

Produced by both large and small Cognac houses, VSOP has remarkable complexity, especially with the long period of aging, which rounds out the Cognac, while adding a distinct spiciness and vanilla character. These are priced from $30 to $55 per bottle and need to be sipped slowly after dinner on their own or with a cigar. Given the marketing prowess of the large firms as well as their breeding and prestige, VSOP Cognac have been and continue to be one of the most popular spirits in America and around the world.
Top Picks for VSOP Cognac
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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
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
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
205226
Camus
"Elegance" VSOP Cognac
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213875
Augier
Le Sauvage Cognac
Brilliant light gold color. Bright, toasty, complex aromas and flavors of fresh fruity granola, raisin bar, and spicy egg nog with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long vanilla milk, spiced macadamia brittle, grassy earth, and roasted nuts and leather finish. An understated and alluring Cognac with an elegant posture.
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
205228
Camus
"Borderies" VSOP Cognac
Deep amber color with a bright olive rim. Aromas of dried stone fruits and honey pastry with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a lively vanilla and baking spices accented finish with tea like tannins. An excellent, elegant choice for craft cocktails.
91 points $54.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213956
Marquis de Brim
VSOP Cognac
Amber color. Bright, attractive, fruity aromas of caramelized fruits and nuts, creme brulee, honeyed raisin toast, and carrot cake with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a warming, appealing, medium-long sweet cream, baking and pepper spices, and minerals finish. A very nicely, balanced and versatile VSOP Cognac with pleasing warmth.
90 points $49.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205258
Drouet et Fils
VSOP Grande Champagne Cognac
Brilliant amber color. Intricate aromas and flavors of buttery pistachio brittle, floral honey, grassy herbs, creme brulee and dried fruits with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a delicate finish with crushed nuts, chocolate orange peel, pencil shavings, mocha, and peppery spice notes. An elegant artisanal style for sipping or top shelf craft cocktails.
90 points $69.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab