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

Augier Le Singulier Cognac
93 points
Golden amber color. Toasty aromas of candied apple, clove, creamy caramel cheesecake, tobacco, and hazelnut with a satiny, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, amusing, medium-length dried currant, prosciutto, and milk and honey finish. An oak-forward VSOP that will work well in classic cognac cocktails or simply neat.
93 points $59.99
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, long finish displaying accents of buttercream, tropical fruits, and flowers finish. A very silky and elegant Cognac with effortless drinkability.
93 points $23.99 Best Buy
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 finish displaying notes of miso glaze and toasted sesame seeds finish. A stunning VSOP with great complexity, charm, and intrigue; over-delivers for the category.
Augier Le Sauvage Cognac
91 points
Gold color. Citrusy aromas of nutmeg, sage, apple butter, dried dates, and ripe tangerine with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light body and a tingling, interesting, relaxed caramel, pink peppercorns, and bay finish. A spicy, autumnal cognac that will be lovely in cool-weather cocktails.
91 points $49.99
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 finish with accents of meyer lemon glaze, dried chamomile flowers, and bing cherries finish. A fruit-forward crowd-pleasing VSOP for sipping and mixing.
91 points $54.99
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
Courvoisier VSOP Cognac
88 points
Amber color. Aromas of vanilla wafer, honeysuckle, pears and pineapples in syrup, and swisher sweets with a round, fruity medium body and a warming, intricate, long dried apricots in honey, salty prosciutto, chestnut cream, dried figs, and herb compound butter on toasted brioche finish. A rich, layered VSOP cognac for slow sipping or spectacular cocktails.
88 points $37.99