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Merlet

Merlet
Cognac Selection Saint Sauvant

Category: XO Cognac

Date Tasted:
Country: France
Alcohol: 45.2%
93 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$130.00

Merlet
Cognac Selection Saint Sauvant

Category: XO Cognac

Date Tasted:
Country: France
Alcohol: 45.2%
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.
Tasting Info
Spirits Glass Style: Complex, Fruity & Spicy
Aroma Aroma: spiced apples, cherries, and pears, anise, pistachio nougat, and fuel-like minerals
Taste Flavor: chocolate mint cookie, honeyed herbal tea, vanilla praline, and pepper
Smoothness Smoothness: Tingling
Finish Finish: Long
Enjoy Enjoy: neat
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A complex and layered Cognac with beguiling, evolving flavors.
The Producer

Distillerie Merlet & Fils

The Producer
40, Rue de Chevessac
St. Sauvant, 17610
France
33 -546 91 50 36
XO Cognac
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Serve in a Snifter
X.O. (or extra old) Cognacs require minimum of six years aging for the youngest cognac in the blend, with the average age running 20 years or older. All Cognac houses maintain inventories of old vintage Cognacs to use in blending these top of the line brands. The oldest Cognacs are removed from their casks in time and stored in glass demijohns (large jugs) to prevent further loss from evaporation and to limit excessively woody and astringent flavors.

In 2016, according the BNIC, the official Cognac regulatory agency, the minimum component age requirement for X.O. Cognac was raised to 10 years.
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