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

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.
Rémy Martin Tercet VSOP Cognac
94 points
$118
A smooth, flavorful, and utterly delicious Cognac to sip neat after dinner, that would also be great in cocktails, but is perfect on its own.
Merlet VSOP Cognac
93 points
$44
A quite delightful VSOP that deserves a spot on your back bar whether for classic cocktail applications or for sipping.
A. De Fussigny VSOP Cognac Grande Champagne
93 points
$69
Orange, honey, dates, and caramel roasted nuts dance upon the nose giving way to a lush palate and medium long fruity finish.
Rémy Martin VSOP Cognac
93 points
$47
A combination of oak spice and rich fruits makes this a go-to for cocktails, but also has sufficient finesse and depth to be worthy of a stand alone sipper.
D’USSÉ VSOP Cognac
92 points
$60
A very well executed blend of aromas and flavors with a silky mouth feel and an elongated finish.
Martell Blue Swift VSOP Cognac
92 points
$48
Wonderful balance of fruit character against the barrel characteristics; would play winningly in a wide range of cocktails as well as being more than good enough to sip on its own.
Courvoisier VSOP Cognac
89 points
$42
Rich and smooth and tasting older than a VSOP based on the weight on the palate and a well integrated flavor profile from the major Cognac regions.
Louis Royer VSOP Cognac Brandy
88 points
$42
Very red fruit forward with splashes of citrus, cocoa, and vanilla; a very nice and well rounded VSOP for all occasions.