A Cognac may only be soldy when its youngest eau-de-vie reaches a minimum of two and a half years old, as of the first day of October following the harvest of the grapes.
Only the years of storage in oak barrels count to determine its age.
Once transferred into glass, the Cognac stops maturing . It stands still.
V.S (for Very Special) , also called *** (or Three Stars) is a cognac which youngest eau-de-vie is at least two and a half years old.
V.S.O.P ( for Very Superior Old Pale) , also called Reserve, is a cognac which youngest eau-de-vie is between four and a half and six and a half years old.
XO (for Extra Old ) , Napoléon, also called Hors d'âge, is a cognac which youngest eau-de-vie is at least six and a half years old.
Most Cognac houses will use Cognacs much older than those required by law, allowing X.Os to reach a minimum of twenty years old, in order to reveal their very best.
Vieille Grande Champagne. Gold medal at the 2008 Concours Agricole de Paris, Silver medal at the International Wine and Spirit Competition 2001. Aged 20-25 years.
Gold medal at the 2010 Concours Général Agricole of Paris !
The Paul Beau family is a Cognac Producer settled in Segonzac, in the heart of the Grande Champagne, first cru of Cognac.
The Vieille Réserve is a typical Grande Champagne cognac with all qualities and aromas of the first cru.