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

Bhakta Spirits Single Vintage Armagnac
98 points
$399
The kind of luxury spirit that is so good and well integrated with aromas and flavors that it leaves you temporarily dumbstruck asking yourself, "What is that delicious memory?"
Bhakta Spirits Single Vintage Armagnac
97 points
$579
Upon pop and pour, this could use more fruit to balance the umami, resin-esque quality of the finish; however, with some extended aeration this rich and complex spirit truly opens up to become something special proving there is no faking the luxury and age this exhibits.
Bhakta Spirits 50 Year Old De Gaulle Barrel No. 29  Islay Cask-Finished Armagnac
96 points
$450
Complex and delicious with the fruit leading and the mildly smoky savory aspect lingering on forever; it has a story to tell and commands a listen.
Bhakta Spirits 50 Year Old Emperor Norton Barrel No. 30  Islay Cask-Finished Armagnac
95 points
$450
Smoky roasted nuts with a dash of honeyed figs; a fascinating flavor excursion that is incredibly layered and nuanced and really subtle for its high proof.
Bhakta Spirits 50 Year Old Rasputin Barrel No. 28 Islay Cask-Finished Armagnac
95 points
$450
Sweet and fruity with savory and meaty notes all swirled together in this umami bomb; tons of smoky goodness that demand cigars and smoking jackets.
Rémy Martin 1738 Accord Royal VSOP Cognac
95 points
$57
Warm, spicy, and enticing; have with dessert and enjoy with abandon.
Awards: 2022 Best Cognac
Abecassis 1er Cru VSOP Cognac
94 points
$62
Outperforms the VSOP category with the elegance, depth, and integration found in the glass; if you enjoy Gran Napoleon or XO Cognac this is a value grab for sure.
Bhakta Spirits Single Vintage Armagnac
94 points
$194
Okay Raj, this is fancy, tasty, and better than that Whiskey made down the road; fruit, honey, barrel spicy, tobacco and nuts, this is so so delicious.
Bhakta Spirits Single Vintage Armagnac
94 points
$339
Tastes like old luxury; leather, fruit, honey, finely aged tobacco... they should pump this aroma into the high rollers room at a casino.
Bhakta Spirits Single Vintage Armagnac
94 points
$389
Exactly what old Armagnac is supposed to be, capital Yum.