Guillon-Painturaud VSOP Cognac
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  • toffee
  • vanilla
  • orange
  • fruit
  • sweet
  • pear
  • elderflower
  • grape
  • honey

Guillon Painturaud

Guillon-Painturaud VSOP Cognac (0.7l, 40%)
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Character Goatson
An exquisitely aged, elegantly smooth, well-balanced Cognac… and you should buy more than one.

There is a lot to love about Guillon Painturaud. The family has owned and operated the vineyard and distillery there since 1610 — just imagine… four hundred years of family tradition and history. And a family operation like this has to remain small. The entire estate production sits on just 45 acres of land and EVERYTHING is done on site from growing the grapes to fermentation, distilling, aging, and bottling. All of the vines are Ugni Blanc planted into rich, limestone soils perfect for aging fine Cognac. Until the 1970s, all production was sold to larger houses for blending. Now, 100% of this golden juice is estate-bottled in a tidy range of delectable Spirits.

There is an old adage… “Buy the least expensive house in the most expensive neighborhood.” The VSOP is the core entry into the Guillon Painturaud line of fine Cognacs. That makes it the most affordable Cognac in a line of some extremely fine Spirits — and an exceptional value. Seriously… it’s a consistently impressive winner that not only pairs well with roasted meats and creamy desserts, but lingers pleasantly on the palate neat like Cognacs costing twice the price.

Smartass corner:
The naming of Cognac indicates its age range. These legal standards were updated and more clearly defined in 2016 and 2018. For Cognacs, VS means the youngest Spirit in the bottle has aged for a minimum of two years, VSOP means four years, Napoleon is a new “official” designation and means six years, XO mean ten years, and Hors d’âge means ten years and beyond.
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Appearance / Color
Golden Honey

Nose / Aroma / Smell
The nose opens with notes of pear and elderflower before revealing bright vanilla.

Flavor / Taste / Palate
From the first sip it is light and tender and balanced on the palate with notes of Grappa, vanilla toffee, orange blossom, and fruit tarts.

Finish
The finish is medium length, aromatic. lightly sweet, and exceptionally smooth.
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  • toffee
  • vanilla
  • orange
  • fruit
  • sweet
  • pear
  • elderflower
  • grape
  • honey
Dog Dogson's Smartass corner
Character Dogson
Laws concerning Cognac-making are strict as hell. Only three types of grapes may be used, and they can only be harvested in October; Cognac must be aged for at least two years in barrels made from French oak - and get this, from one of two specific forests! Then, the stills must be of a particular French shape (no, not the baguette shape); and we guess La Marseillaise has to be sung during the entire process.
There are three different qualities of Cognac recognized by law: V.S. (very special), V.S.O.P. (Very Superior Old Pale), and X.O. (Extra Old).
There are six different wine-growing areas (crus) authorized to produce Cognac - in descending order of prestige: Grande Champagne, Petite Champagne, Borderies, Fins Bois, Bons Bois, and Bois Ordinaires.
Cognac is a form of distilled Brandy. For a spirit to be labeled Cognac, it must be made from specified grapes, of which Ugni Blanc is the one most widely used. It must be twice distilled in copper pot stills and aged at least two years in French oak barrels from Limousin or Tronçais.
Believe it or not, the French aren’t all that fond of Cognac. In fact, they export nearly 90% of their production.
There are three primary grades of Cognac recognized by law: V.S., V.S.O.P., and X.O, but we also know Napoléon, XXO, and Hors d'âge.
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Character Dogson
Laws concerning Cognac-making are strict as hell. Only three types of grapes may be used, and they can only be harvested in October; Cognac must be aged for at least two years in barrels made from French oak - and get this, from one of two specific forests! Then, the stills must be of a particular French shape (no, not the baguette shape); and we guess La Marseillaise has to be sung during the entire process.
There are three different qualities of Cognac recognized by law: V.S. (very special), V.S.O.P. (Very Superior Old Pale), and X.O. (Extra Old).
There are six different wine-growing areas (crus) authorized to produce Cognac - in descending order of prestige: Grande Champagne, Petite Champagne, Borderies, Fins Bois, Bons Bois, and Bois Ordinaires.
Cognac is a form of distilled Brandy. For a spirit to be labeled Cognac, it must be made from specified grapes, of which Ugni Blanc is the one most widely used. It must be twice distilled in copper pot stills and aged at least two years in French oak barrels from Limousin or Tronçais.
Believe it or not, the French aren’t all that fond of Cognac. In fact, they export nearly 90% of their production.
There are three primary grades of Cognac recognized by law: V.S., V.S.O.P., and X.O, but we also know Napoléon, XXO, and Hors d'âge.
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