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

Augier Le Singulier Cognac
93 points
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
Cognac Roullet VSOP Grande Champagne Cognac
93 points
Best Buy
Amber color. Aromas of pear tart, coffee cake crust, sweet candied pecans, fruity olive, and agave nectar with a round, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a seamless, distinctive, medium-long cigar wrapper, spice cake, caramel buttercream, and suede finish. A rich, satisfying, flavor-packed VSOP that over-delivers for it’s category.
Awards: 2017 Best VSOP Cognac
93 points $39 Best Buy
Drouet et Fils VSOP Grande Champagne Cognac
92 points
Bright amber color. Tropical, savory aromas and flavors of dried pineapple and mango, prosciutto, gingerbread, paprika, and peach skins with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, complex, long finish displaying notes of miso glaze and toasted sesame seeds finish. A stunning VSOP with great complexity, charm, and intrigue; over-delivers for the category.
Augier Le Sauvage Cognac
91 points
Gold color. Citrusy aromas of nutmeg, sage, apple butter, dried dates, and ripe tangerine with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light body and a tingling, interesting, relaxed caramel, pink peppercorns, and bay finish. A spicy, autumnal cognac that will be lovely in cool-weather cocktails.
91 points $49.99
Croizet V.S.O.P. Cognac
91 points
Amber color. Complex aromas of dulce de leche, orange zest, dark chocolate shavings, cedar, and lilac with a round, crisp, fruity medium body and a warming, interesting, long butterscotch, leather patina, minerals, and chocolate ganache finish. A rich, buttery cognac with velvety texture and nuance to spare; an excellent choice for elegant cocktails.
Awards: 2018 Best VSOP Cognac
91 points $65.99
Camus Borderies VSOP Single Estate Cognac
90 points
Golden amber color. Fruity aromas of apple butter on rye toast, black licorice, dried currants and dates, and toasted coconut with a satiny, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, medium-length chocolate-caramel chew, pressed flowers, charred nuts, and cardamom and rose tea finish. A solid VSOP with a caramel richness; will play well in cocktails.
90 points $52.99
Courvoisier VSOP Cognac
89 points
Dark amber color. Aromas and flavors of dark chocolate, tangerine, spiced tea, and custard tart with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, delightful, medium-length finish manifesting notes of hints of tobacco, ginger, and apricot. A rich VSOP that delivers; perfect for Cognac cocktails and an affordable luxury to sip neat.
89 points
Dark amber color. Aromas and flavors of baked cherries, singed pie crusts, ripe stone fruit, hints of banana, and spiced latte with a round, vibrant, fruity medium body and a sleek, layered, medium-long finish displaying touches of gooey caramel apple pie, leather, chocolate sponge, and nutmeg. A luxuriously textured VSOP Cognac with length that overdelivers for the category.
Merlet VSOP Cognac
88 points
Bright amber color. Aromas of golden raisin, orange zest, poached pear, panattone, and toffee with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium body and a warming, captivating, medium-length graham cracker, nutmeg, cola, and incense finish. A layered VSOP cognac with lots of satisfying flavors to discover.
88 points $42.95
Campagnere VSOP Cognac
88 points
Copper color. Aromas of vanilla petit fours with orange marmalade, suede, sweet cigar wrapper, mace, and mahogany with a velvety, bright, dryish medium-to-full body and a smooth, refreshing, medium-long dried rose petals, cherry pastry, and roasted nutskins finish. An oak-forward and rewarding VSOP to share with excellent company.
88 points $49.96