About VSOP Cognac

About VSOP Cognac
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

Cognac Roullet VSOP Grande Champagne Cognac
93 points
Best Buy
Amber color. Aromas of pear tart, coffee cake crust, sweet candied pecans, fruity olive, and agave nectar with a round, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a seamless, distinctive, medium-long cigar wrapper, spice cake, caramel buttercream, and suede finish. A rich, satisfying, flavor-packed VSOP that over-delivers for it’s category.
Awards: 2017 Best VSOP Cognac
93 points $39 Best Buy
CHALFONTE VSOP Grande Fine Cognac
93 points
Best Buy
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
Augier Le Singulier Cognac
93 points
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.
Drouet et Fils VSOP Grande Champagne Cognac
92 points
Bright amber color. Tropical, savory aromas and flavors of dried pineapple and mango, prosciutto, gingerbread, paprika, and peach skins with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, complex, long miso glaze and toasted sesame seeds finish. A stunning VSOP with great complexity, charm, and intrigue; over-delivers for the category.
Croizet V.S.O.P. Cognac
91 points
Amber color. Complex aromas of dulce de leche, orange zest, dark chocolate shavings, cedar, and lilac with a round, crisp, fruity medium body and a warming, interesting, long butterscotch, leather patina, minerals, and chocolate genache finish. A rich, buttery cognac with velvety texture and nuance to spare; an excellent choice for elegant cocktails.
Awards: 2018 Best VSOP Cognac
91 points $65.99
91 points
Dark amber color. Elegant aromas of chocolate covered dried cherries, sweet tobacco, and apple sharlotka with a round, vibrant, fruity medium-full body and a warming, interesting, long resin and aniseed finish. An elegant and full-bodied VSOP that will provide endless pleasure.
91 points $51.99
Camus Borderies VSOP Cognac
91 points
Dark amber color. Fruity aromas and flavors of honey drizzled fresh figs, ripe nectarine, dried orange peels, and plum compote with a glycerous, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, medium-length meyer lemon glaze, dried chamomile flowers, and bing cherries finish. A fruit-forward crowd-pleasing VSOP for sipping and mixing.
91 points $54.99
Augier Le Sauvage Cognac
91 points
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.
Camus Borderies VSOP Single Estate Cognac
90 points
Golden amber color. Fruity aromas of apple butter on rye toast, black licorice, dried currants and dates, and toasted coconut with a satiny, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, medium-length chocolate-caramel chew, pressed flowers, charred nuts, and cardamom and rose tea finish. A solid VSOP with a caramel richness; will play well in cocktails.
90 points $52.99
Marquis de Brim VSOP Cognac
90 points
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