Best Cognac Under $50

Cognac: the Spirit of the aristocracy, cosmopolitan ladies and fancy hats and la dee da gentleman. From rappers to royalty and everyone in between, Cognac definitely has its claim to fame.

Good news: You can expand your liquor cabinet with French and opulent Brandy without hurting your wallet. Browse our selection of best Cognacs under $50 and carpe diem!

The first five bottles are Flaviar Community Favorites, and we promise you’ll adore them all. They’re followed by a vast selection of other fantastic Cognacs that are a real taste sensation, however, don't blast your budget!

Whether you prefer the traditional or the new-wave, neat or on the rocks, or for something a little more off-the-beaten-track: these under $50 Cognacs all deserve to be on your sophisticated palate. Grab yourself a Hennessy, Courvoisier, Martel, Hardy, Rémy Martin, or a Louis Royer.

Want to dip your toes further into the world of fantastic French Cognacs or the remarkable realm of Brandies? Browse our selection of the best Cognacs under $100!

Top 5 Cognac Under $50
1.

Hardy

Cognac Legend 1863

A wonderful, approachable, award-winning example of Hardy’s Cognac heritage and expertise. Back in the mid 1800s, Anthony Hardy — an Englishman — fell in love with northern France and Cognac. After decades of flirting with the region as an importer of Cognac into England, he eventually moved there, changed his name from Anthony to Antoine, and opened up his own Cognac distillation house (a “Maison”). Hey… follow your passions, right? Today, Maison Hardy produces a few lovely Pineaus and a wide range of Cognacs from the middle price points all the way up to some truly fantastic artistic expressions arrayed in fine crystal decanters. Hardy Legend 1863 is named for the year in which the Hardy Distillery was founded. It’s a lovely blend of Hardy Cognacs made from 100% Ugni Blanc grapes raised in limestone soils within three of the seven producing districts — Petits Champaign, Fins Bois, and Borderies. The Spirit is aged in lightly-toasted Limousin oak barrels from two to twelve years. It is a wonderful, approachable, award-winning example of Hardy’s expertise and we would have a dram whenever there is a bottle open to pour.

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Levon

Petite Champagne VSOP Cognac

Outstanding and very superior Cognac   In the heart of the Cognac region, there’s a winemaker inspired by Armenian heritage. Cellar Master Gilles Arramon, an experienced heir of ancient tradition with a PhD in oenology, handpicks only the best Eaux-de-vie from both Champagne regions — the Grande and the Petite one. At House Guy de Bersac, he creates a small-batch top-notch Cognac wonder: Levon le Magnifique. It’s named after the Armenian king Levon I a.k.a. The Magnificent.   Their VSOP (or Very Superior Old Pale) is an outstanding Cognac. The deep amber hue and the opulent aromas will take you on sensory vacay to the lush region of Cognac. Levon VSOP is a celebration of luxury — of enjoying life and having that "joie de vivre" everyone’s raving about. VSOP is perfect for neat tippling or putting it in a lovely cocktail (Bermuda Highball, anyone?). If your downtime moments need something sweet’n’spicy, opulent and unapologetically ritzy, pour a glass of Levon VSOP and treat yourself.

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3.

Martell

Blue Swift Cognac

Martell Blue Swift: The Brandy Bastard If you make anything for over three centuries, chances are you are pretty damn good at it. House Martell is the eldest of the major Cognac houses. Founded in 1715 by Jean Martell along the banks of the Charente, at the pinnacle of the French "L’Art de Vivre." The French basically have this way of living, where they believe in embracing all of the good stuff life has to offer. Martell Cognac is definitely the good stuff, with a full range of expressions for us to indulge in. La vie est belle, d’accord? Cheers to House Martell. The young Briton put himself on the map by marrying into "Cognac Royalty" not once, but twice! His second marriage was to Jeanne-Rachel Lallemand, "a direct descendant of Jacques Roux, a pioneering 17th century cognac merchant," by the 19th century, Martell had become the biggest international exporter of Cognac in the world, reaching as far as China and Japan. Now under Pernod Ricard, House Martell has robust range of Cognacs; a collection of 10 expressions. They predominantly use Ugni Blanc (Trebbiano) grapes from the Borderies vineyards, aging its Cognac in Tronçais oak casks. They double distill their blends, with traditional "Charentais alembics" (pot stills). If Cognacs had royal families, The House Martell would definitely be one. In this Martell royal family there are 10 Cognacs, and 1 bastard Brandy; the Martell Blue Swift. If Martell Cognac is House Stark, Blue Swift is Jon Snow. It is 100% Martell V.S.O.P. aged in French oak and finished in a Kentucky Bourbon American oak cask. Commemorating its longstanding history with the United States (Martell was the first to ship Cognac to America, we think a few merci's are in order). The Blue Swift is also a symbol of The House Martell's family crest, a bird that can stay airborne for up to 10 months when crossing the Atlantic. This Eaux-de-vie-de-vin is Cognac with a Bourbon twist. The result is a fruity Brandy blend, paired with a smokey vanilla Bourbon flavor. A work of art for Bourbon lovers everywhere!

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Martell

V.S. Single Distillery Cognac

Cranking up the signature Martell distillation process style? Gimme! If you make anything for over three centuries, chances are you are pretty damn good at it. House Martell is the eldest of the major Cognac houses. Founded in 1715 by Jean Martell along the banks of the Charente, at the pinnacle of the French "L’Art de Vivre." The French basically have this way of living, where they believe in embracing all of the good stuff life has to offer. Martell Cognac is definitely the good stuff, with a full range of expressions for us to indulge in. La vie est belle, d’accord? Cheers to House Martell. The young Briton put himself on the map by marrying into "Cognac royalty" not once, but twice! His second marriage was to Jeanne-Rachel Lallemand, "a direct descendant of Jacques Roux, a pioneering 17th century Cognac merchant," by the 19th century, Martell had become the biggest international exporter of Cognac in the world, reaching as far as China and Japan. Martell VS Single Distillery is a marriage of Spirits from a single distillation source in the Cognac region. This means a richer and more intense expression of the Martell distillation process. (Basically, a Martell that's high in Martell!) The iconic Martell style of double distilling exclusively clear Wines to preserve the fruity aromas is taken to new heights. Aged for 2 years in oak barrels and bottled at 80 proof, the delicate aromas of grapes and luscious fruity aromas immediately let you know this is the real Martell. 

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Courvoisier

Avant Garde Bourbon Cask Edition LTO

A classic blend of Courvoisier Cognacs with a hint of toffee and vanilla chew on the back palate. Courvoisier… not many brand names are as synonymous with prestige and quality. The name has seeped into our culture. It has appeared in Woody Allen and James Bond films, been rapped about by Busta Rhymes and Ice Cube, been hailed by Stevie Nicks, and appeared in hundreds of TV shows. That’s quite a pop-culture resume. But they earned their place in history. Founded in 1809 by Emmanuel Courvoisier, the company — now owned by Beam Suntory — has been making Cognac and only Cognac for more than 200 years. Courvoisier is adding a new release to its permanent core line-up. The Avant Garde will be a place of experimentation by their master distiller to push the boundaries of what Cognac can be. The first edition is Courvoisier Avant Garde Bourbon Cask Edition — a blend of Courvoisier Cognacs from VS to Napoleon finished in Kentucky Bourbon casks for up to four months. The finishing adds a hint of rich vanilla and caramel to the florals and fruit in the Cognac.

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