About Luxury Cognac

About Luxury Cognac
A luxury Cognac is one that has been barrel aged for a long period of time and is deemed by its producer as a special blend that stands out from their other products. Some are labeled as X.O., but most are not and use proprietary names, age statements, or the term "Extra". All of the components of the blend have been aged much longer than the minimum six years required for an X.O. designation, while some can be aged 20, 30, 50 or over 100 years.

Many Luxury Cognacs are from the Grande Champagne district, an area that produces some of the longest aged Cognacs of all. Quality-wise, these are sublime Cognacs with perfumes of dried apricot, hazelnuts, figs and vanilla; full-bodied, they are remarkable elegant with great complexity and have a finish of extreme length. They are often packaged in a specially designed crystal bottles and/or wooden cases, to emphasize their prestige. They should be reserved for the finest moments, sipped and enjoyed neat in a snifter with or without a cigar.

Top Picks for Luxury Cognac

Drouet et Fils Paradis de Famille Hors dAge Cognac
97 points
Bronze color. Aromas of sweet ripe mango, creme fraiche, fine leather, polished furniture, cherry fruit leather, and cured meats with a slightly chewy, crisp, dryish full body and a warming, subtle, very long aromatic barks, terra cotta, toasted crumpet, and roasted pumpkin seeds finish. A giant, chewy cognac for the most special of occasions.
Awards: 2017 Best Cognac & 2017 Best Luxury Cognac & 2017 Best Brandy
Pierre Ferrand Reserve Double Cask Cognac
96 points
Best Buy
Golden amber color. Aromas of roasted agave, caramelized pineapple, luxury cigarette, fresh organic pear, roasted pine nuts, coriander, and mustard with a vibrant, fruity medium body and a warming, very complex, very long sweety drop peppers, fine english toffee, and star fruit finish. A sophisticated and finesseful cognac that will delight connoisseurs.
96 points $79.99 Best Buy
Camus Extra Dark and Intense Cognac
94 points
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
Selection Olivier Blanc Exceptionnel Cognac
94 points
Dark amber color. Exotic, fruity aromas and flavors of bright lychee, peach candies, vanilla caramel, ramune soda, and dried apricot with a velvety, vibrant, fruity medium-full body and a warming, interesting, long finish with notes of sweet tobacco, mango powder, and thai chiles finish. Rich exotic fruits explode out of the glass in this distinctive expression of cognac.
Hardy Legend 1863 Cognac
92 points
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
Courvoisier Sherry Cask Cognac
90 points
Golden amber color. Aromas of ripe tangerine, kumquat, crystalized ginger, honey-walnut, cola, incense, and leather with a velvety, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, intricate, long lime leaf, musk, dried cherries, and hint of licorice finish. A silky, nuanced cognac with a perfume-like note that enchants the senses.
90 points $39.99
Croizet Black Legend Cognac
89 points
Amber color. Aromas of boysenberry jam, pineapple, apricot-almond tart, bananas flambe, steamed almond milk, and wintergreen with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a sleek, appealing, long brandied cherries, tangerine zest in caramel, dark chocolate, and dried sweet tomato finish. A rich and lively Cognac with lots of fruit and spice to ponder.
89 points $74.99