Cognac is a type of Brandy that needs to meet a ton of requirements to be called Cognac. Brandy has to be distilled twice in copper pot stills and aged for at least a couple of years in French oak barrels (which have to come from Limousin or Tronçais).
There are almost 200 Cognac producers and they come from only six French crus (the largest is Grande Champagne, where the town of Cognac is located).
If Cognac is graded V.S., the youngest Brandy in the blend is at least two years old. V.S.O.P. means it’s been at least four years in a cask, while XO needs to rest for at least 10 years. If you find one that’s “Hors d'âge”, you’ll treat yourself with something really premium and old.
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