Cognac XO

There are three different qualities of Cognac recognized by law: V.S., V.S.O.P., and X.O. (the names are in English, because the Cognac trade was originally developed by English speakers). XO or Napoleon means Extra Old, aged at least six years - there are actually even plans to change the minimum age requirement for XO Cognac to ten years.

Some Cognacs are even called Extra Cognac. They aren't aged any longer than XO,  but it means they're really speacial in some way.

Like Cru, producer, price, and everything else that goes into a Cognac age doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll like it. It just means that it’s legally certified to have been aged in oak for that amount of time. There are excellent Cognacs at every level - just trust your personal taste and keep exploring.

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The most money ever spent on a bottle of Cognac was in China. An 1858 Cuvee Leonie was sold at an auction in Shanghai for $156,740.
 
Rancio is a highly desirable nutty flavour normally found only in extra-aged fortified wines (Port, Sherry, Madeira, Marsala …) and fruit-based spirits: Cognacs, Calvados, and Armagnac. It appears in Cognac after roughly 10 years of ageing in oak casks, becoming even more intense as it ages. 
 
There are six regions that produce Cognac and they all surround the town of Cognac (duh!). They're called crus, and each has its own special and hoity-toity soil and microclimate. We proposed a new cru called Tom, but it was an impossible mission.

All Cognac XO

Average rating: 8.6/10 (3268 votes)

Camus XO Borderies
7.7/10
$175.99
Hennessy Paradis
9.2/10
$1,221.99
Louis Royer XO Cognac
8.1/10
$172.99
Louis XIII Cognac
9.4/10
$3,330.99
Hennessy XO
8.8/10
$187.99
Martell XO Cognac
8.6/10
$193.99