Best of the Best: Top Cognacs for 2011
Considered the liquid gold of France, this government controlled treasure is the finest in the world and worth investing in.
The outstanding cognacs of France are exquisite little treasures typically produced in small batches by well-known vineyards. Here is a list of what is generally considered to be the cream of the crop.
Frapin VIP XO - This complex brandy is a mixture of distillates stored in kegs for 35 to 40 years, where the fragrant wood helps the cognac reach maturity. Golden-amber hued, it leaves traces of orange and cedar spice on the tongue, distinctive to the VIP XO.
Chateau Montifaud, VSOP - Pulled from the Petite Champagne region of France, this exquisite cognac is just as much a wine as anything else. Grown in strict accordance with tradition on the 75-acre vineyard, the grapes are refined and picked with the highest regard for purity and aged between 8 and 10 years. Golden-hued and slightly floral on the tongue, the residual flavour of Chateau Montifaud VSOP is that of ripe apricots.
Hennessy Richard Hennessy - Boasting legendary distillations as much as 200 years old, even some of the sort folle blanche, a grape killed off in the Reblaus epidemic of 1870, Hennessey has a tradition of creating epic brandy. Hennessey is a singular mixture of vanilla, pepper and ambrosial tones that challenge the tongue and rewards those who invest in its unchallenged reputation for purity and perfection.
Remy Martin, Coeur de Cognac - A mild, fruity cognac that is perfectly designed for a younger crowd, this lovely concotion was created by Pierrette Trichet, the jovial head of the Martin company.
Hine Cigar Reserve - Typically known for his less sophisticated cognacs, Bernard Hine succeeded in creating a masterpiece in 1996 whose flavours include tobacco leaves, dried fruits, various woods and spices. Packaged with a hand-rolled cigar, this exceedingly masculine offering from a richly traditional brand is one to be treasured and slowly enjoyed.
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