About French Brandy from France

About French Brandy from France
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

French Brandy

Ferrand Selection des Anges XO Cognac
94 points
$190
Brilliant amber color. Inviting, tropical aromas of roasted cashew, baked apple, ripe tropical fruits, milk tea, toffee, and tapioca with a velvety, vibrant, fruity medium body and a smooth, complex, long honey-roasted macadamia, strawberry jam on toast, minerals, flint smoke, black tea, and honeysuckle finish. A memorable Cognac that truly stands out in its class; an exotic, traveling finish full of tropical fruits, nuts and mouthwatering minerality.
Awards: 2020 Best Cognac
Camus Extra Dark and Intense Cognac
94 points
$499.99
Dark amber color. Aromas of dried cherries, luxury tobacco, and caramelized passionfruit and soursop with an oily, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, involved, very long bay leaf, rose water, game, espresso crema, allspice berries, ginger, and artisan rootbeer float finish. A nutty, decadent Cognac with an oscillatingly nectar-sweet and spicy finish.
94 points $499.99
Courvoisier XO Cognac
93 points
$150
Copper color. Aromas of burnt sugar, peppercorns, heirloom apples, ginger, molasses, and lemon balm with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, elegant, medium-long dark chocolate, cappuccino, and gingerbread finish. A bright and concentrated XO with a roasty finish and elegant style.
Camus XO Cognac
93 points
$185
Copper color. Aromas of parsley, cilantro, bamboo, cedar, juniper, and toffee with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, involved, long peach tart, apple blossom honey, poached pear, passionfruit, and jamon iberico finish. An herbal, spicy XO cognac with a distinctive personality.
Augier Le Singulier Cognac
93 points
$59.99
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
Croizet X.O. Gold Cognac
93 points
$137.99
Amber color. Aromas of caramel, passionfruit, toasted croissant, sesame oil, and cured meats with a velvety, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, layered, long espresso beans, red bean bao, milk chocolate with roasted almonds, caraway, and dried peach finish. A spicy, chewy XO cognac that will be a delightful nightcap offering for your guests.
93 points $137.99
Camus Borderies XO Family Reserve Cognac
93 points
$169.99
Bright bronze color. Aromas of tobacco, caramel sauce with candied lemon peel, apple strudel, and wax with a round, crisp, dryish medium body and a charming, medium-length mixed berry jam, spiced orange oil, dry roasted peanuts, pressed flowers, and leather patina finish. A dry XO that brings a citrusy vibe for mellow sipping.
93 points $169.99
Bisquit & Dubouché XO Cognac
92 points
$180
Dark amber color. Aromas and flavors of toasted spice cake, buttercream, marzipan, apple custard, and spiced carob with a slightly chewy, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a nuanced, endless finish with accents of graphite, mocha latte, spiced pistachio in dark chocolate, ginger-peach tea, and cured meats. Exceptional length gives an indulger pause; sip slowly and contemplatively.
Hardy Legend 1863 Cognac
92 points
$59.72
Amber color. Aromas of pecan praline, creme brulee, and brown butter with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an effortless, compelling, medium-length brown sugar, proscuitto, caramel-drizzled salted almonds, pretzels, and milk chocolate finish. A rock-solid cognac with rich caramelly notes that mingle with elegant and mature character.
92 points $59.72
Larsen Aqua Ignis Cognac
91 points
$49
Amber color. Aromas of cola, chai tea, candied nuts, prune, and dried banana with a supple, crisp, fruity medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-length spiced caramel, hazelnut creme, and hints of prosciutto finish. A rich VS Cognac that delivers great intensity for the category; Sazeracs and Vieux Carres await.