XO Cognacs - Napoléon

Into the Realm of SubjectivityA Napoleon, or X.O (for Extra Old ), also called Hors d'âge, is a cognac which youngest eau-de-vie is at least 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, Cognac stops maturing. It stands still.

However, 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.
 
XO is perhaps one of the vaguest classifications regarding quality, and should’t be taken at face value without further search. Some of the XOs you can find in our site are certainly under-priced, while some others, which, of course, you will NOT find here at Le Cognac, may be quite mediocre . In fact, selecting Cognacs with a reasonably quality/price ratios is one of our raisons d’être.
 
On the other hand, regarding Cognac, beyond a certain level of quality one enters into the realm of subjectivity. And then, of course, there is always a premium in rarity. When a product is scarce, if demand remains strong, it is only natural that prices go up. This is exactly what we have been seeing with high-end Cognac prices in the last few years because of the huge Chinese demand.
 
As a rule, we would say that the XOs present at Le Cognac are all good value in general market terms. Some of them are indeed very good value.

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  • Normandin-Mercier - Très Vieille Grande Champagne

    Bears all the attributes of pure Cognacs from the Grande Champagne.

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    Excl. Tax: €495.83 Incl. Tax: €595.00

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  • Normandin-Mercier - Vieille Fine Champagne

    VIEILLE FINE CHAMPAGNE
    Assemblage des deux 1ers Crus de Cognac. La Grande Champagne qui apporte la finesse, la longueur et la distinction et la Petite Champagne qui donne la subtilité, la délicatesse et la douceur.

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    Excl. Tax: €47.50 Incl. Tax: €57.00

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  • Normandin-Mercier - Grande Champagne XO

    GRANDE CHAMPAGNE X.O.
    1er Cru de Cognac.
    Eau de vie pleine et moelleuse bien qu’ayant conservé une certaine fougue grâce à son vieillissement en fûts roux.

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    Excl. Tax: €79.17 Incl. Tax: €95.00

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  • Normandin-Mercier - Grande Champagne Vieille

    GRANDE CHAMPAGNE VIEILLE
    Cognac d’exception, la patience et les années ont permis à ce 1er Cru de Cognac de s’assouplir
    et de concentrer ses arômes pour exprimer toute la longueur et l’élégance de la Grande
    Champagne.

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    Excl. Tax: €124.17 Incl. Tax: €149.00

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  • Louis Royer - XO

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    Louis Royer XO embodies the perfect balance between the most prestigious crus of cognac, and meets the demands of the real connoisseurs. It is elaborated in blending the best eaux de vie which have been carefully selected amongst our oldest stocks.In July 2013 Louis Royer XO Cognac was Named Among The World's Top 120 Spirits by Paul Pacult's Spirit Journal. The publication praised its "Deeply nutty aromas. Midpalate highlights aspects of honey, cocoa and chocolate orange. Aftertaste is luscious, honeyed and profoundly deep."

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    Excl. Tax: €118.33 Incl. Tax: €142.00

  • Leyrat - XO Vieille Réserve

    Old gold in colour.
    A complex nose opens with nutty aromas, pastry and butterscotch and a hint of dry leaves.
    The nose evolves to more pronounced dry fruit and nuts with vanilla undertones.
    The palate is present and initially quite dry with the long clean finish typical of Leyrat cognacs.

    Many awards at spirits competitions.

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    Excl. Tax: €60.00 Incl. Tax: €72.00

  • Leyrat - XO Elite

    Old gold in colour.
    The nose is more delicate than the X.O. with dominant floral aromas and mature wood character. It evolves to spice, pepper and sandalwood as well as the walnuts and irises typical of fine ‘rançio’.
    The palate is complex, dense and outstandingly long.

    Many awards at spirits competitions.

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    Excl. Tax: €108.33 Incl. Tax: €130.00

  • Le Roch - XO Fine Champagne

    The nose is prune, cinnamon and liquorice.
    The tannins are supple, oily and silky on the palate.
    No bitterness. There is a distinctive smoky scent.

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    Excl. Tax: €60.83 Incl. Tax: €73.00

  • Le Réviseur - XO

    Amber in colour.
    The initial nose has soft oak and vanilla. The nose develops to a very elegant ‘rancio’ with delicious dried fruit and nut aromas.
    The palate is soft and lingering with liquorice and ‘rancio’ flavours.

    Many awards at spirits competitions.

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    Excl. Tax: €80.00 Incl. Tax: €96.00

  • Jenssen - Carte blanche XO

    Carte Blanche

    Heady, floral notes of jasmine and honeysuckle. Spice and zest of orange reveal its Grande Champagne cognac terroir; a hint of rancio, dried apricot and hazelnut bear witness of long years of ageing.

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    Excl. Tax: €45.83 Incl. Tax: €55.00

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