XO Cognacs - Napoléon
A 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.
Eau-de-Vie with an amber colour and fruity savours, greengage, apricot, with a hint of almond and fine vanilla imparted by the Limousin wood. 42% in alcohol content, this Cognac has a distinct and powerful bouquet whose supple and lingering taste on the palate are the hallmark of Grande Champagne.Learn MoreExcl. Tax: €37.50 Incl. Tax: €45.00
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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.Learn MoreExcl. Tax: €56.67 Incl. Tax: €68.00
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A Tribute to Martell’s 300 year anniversary. The oldest among the main Cognac houses, Martell honors its 300th anniversary with the release of a limited edition of its legendary Cordon Bleu – conceived by Edouard Martell in 1912. This blend was aged in oak casks made from a 300-year old tree, as a symbol of the link of the present with the past. Cordon Bleu “A Tribute to Martell’s 300 year anniversary” blends more than one hundred eaux-de-vie from the 4 growth areas in Cognac: Petite Champagne, Grand Champagne, Fins Bois and of course Borderies. The unusual use of Eaux de Vie from Borderies, refined yet fruity, is the signature of Martell. The vintage bottle and label reflects Edouard Martell’s 1912 design. Learn MoreExcl. Tax: €125.00 Incl. Tax: €150.00
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On its tri-centenial, Martell Cognac has partnered with designer Jean-Charles de Castelbajac to create a limited edition bottle “Paris Style” insoired by Paris' Montmartre. The Martell VSOP bottle becomes alive, pops with bight colors and fun designs. It captures the vibrant Montmartre spirit of the 1920's. We love this very limited edition and salute the creative venture! Learn MoreExcl. Tax: €42.92 Incl. Tax: €51.50
A l’issue d’un magnifique diner de famille au Château de Chanteloup, là où a grandi mon Père et qui a bercé de nombreux souvenirs d’enfance, j’ai dégusté pour la premiere fois le Cognac Martell Chanteloup Perspective. Longtemps, j'ai pensé que le Cordon Bleu était inégalable en grâce et élégance. Chanteloup Perspective est un véritable régal des sens. Sa richesse d'arômes, douceur et longueur en bouche approchent la perfection. Avec beaucoup de parti pris, certes. Chantal Firino Martell Martell Chanteloup Perspective is a recognition to the estate that has inspired Nine generations of family members and cellar masters: the landscapes and views seen from a walkway leading to the Chanteloup cellar. The arms of my family are engraved on the decanter, Learn MoreExcl. Tax: €271.67 Incl. Tax: €326.00
Benoît Fil, Martell Cellar Master, describes this blend :" a unique cognac in the XO category, Martell Cordon Bleu is beautifully complex and rich in aromas. The Borderies expands its smooth caramelised character, tones of sweet spices, gingerbread and roasted cocoa beans. "
The legendary Cordon Bleu was conceived by Edouard Martell in 1912. This blend was aged in oak casks . The unusual use of Eaux de Vie from Borderies, refined yet fruity, is the signature of Martell. The bottle and label reflects Edouard Martell’s 1912 original design.Learn MoreExcl. Tax: €123.33 Incl. Tax: €148.00
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This fine and exquisite "eau-de-vie" is created from an uncommon and old grape variety "the Folle Blanche".Learn More
The "Folle Blanche" is the exceptionally unique cognac grape surrendered after the assault of phylloxera in the late nineteenth century.
The "Folle Blanche" gives unfathomably exquisite, sensitive and perfumed cognacs.Excl. Tax: €62.50 Incl. Tax: €75.00
Deep old gold in colour.
The nose displays aromatic richness with dried fruit and nuts and the liquorice aromas typical of well matured Cognacs.
Its develops towards the spice and characteristic fruit pastry notes which are our signature.
The palate is dense and smooth yet elegant and with considerable finesse.
Many awards at spirits competitions.Learn MoreExcl. Tax: €76.67 Incl. Tax: €92.00
SINGLE ESTATE XO
Old gold in colour.
The nose is spice dominated at first with pastry notes which follow and also a hint of dry leaves.
The palate has excellent structure with a long dry finish where dry oak is perceptible beside vanilla and a hint of cinnamon.
Many awards at spirits competitions.Learn MoreExcl. Tax: €57.50 Incl. Tax: €69.00
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