A 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.
A Cognac may be sold only 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.
Note that VSOP can be very good cognacs and some of them can be superior to many XOs. Some of the best value Cognacs are indeed VSOPs
A soft buttery style with a rounded smoky character and an elegantly textured mouthfeel. Leaning towards an after-dinner style or with lighter cigars.
Old gold in colour.
The nose is complex with stewed fruit and woody notes which are followed by brioche,
vanilla, apple and cinnamon.
The palate has an excellent full structure with a long finish of vanilla and woody flavours.
Many awards at spirits competitions.
Family Property since 1832, Louis Bouron is one of the only owners whose vineyard is spread over 3 of the best growths (crus) of the official region of the Cognac. Thanks to this specificity, their Cognac and Pineau des Charentes are the result of a smooth combination of the roundness & suppleness of Fins Bois, the violet flavour of Borderies and the floral bouquet of Petite Champagne.