About XO Cognac

About XO Cognac
X.O. (or extra old) Cognacs previously required a minimum of six years aging for the youngest cognac in the blend, with the average age running 20 years or older. All Cognac houses maintain inventories of old vintage Cognacs to use in blending these top of the line brands. The oldest Cognacs are removed from their casks in time and stored in glass demijohns (large jugs) to prevent further loss from evaporation and to limit excessively woody and astringent flavors.

As of 2016, according to the official Cognac regulatory agency, BNIC, the minimum component age requirement for X.O. Cognac must be 10 years from 2016 onwards. In practice many Cognac houses and brands had been at or above the 10 year requirement for their X.O. expressions, but this is now the legal requirement.

Top Picks for XO Cognac

Rémy Martin XO Cognac
94 points
$187
A snifter of this is something that would make any lover of fine spirits happy, and makes you feel like you raided Sir Winston Churchill's liquor cabinet.
Awards: 2022 Best XO Cognac
Camus XO Cognac
93 points
$349
The nose and the palate are delicious, but this is all about the long, lingering, and ethereal finish that only can be found in finely aged spirits.
Louis Royer XO Cognac Brandy
92 points
$159
A very good and well balanced sipper with enough nuance to keep you coming back for more.
D’USSÉ XO Cognac
92 points
$250
Classic sipper with dessert or to pair with a medium bodied cigar; this tastes rich and old.
Courvoisier XO Cognac
92 points
$200
A benchmark XO Cognac; has a little of everything you expect from a top tier XO.
Courvoisier 30 Year XO Royal Cognac
92 points
$285
A contemplative sipper with a rich, leather bound library kind of vibe.
Courvoisier XO Cognac
92 points
$180
Rich dark red fruits and nuts with that pleasantly funky umami that only comes with age.
Bisquit & Dubouché XO Cognac
92 points
$180
Exceptional length gives an indulger pause; sip slowly and contemplatively.
Branson Cognac XO Premier Cru Cognac
91 points
$249
An endlessly satisfying palate keeps you coming back in this excellent XO Cognac.
Reviseur Single Estate Platinum XO Cognac
90 points
$120
A very charming XO that seems like a fine Champagne blend aimed at Whiskey drinkers.