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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  • AE DOR - Réserve Cigare

    42° For cigar amateurs.
    The maturity of Fins Bois, the tense liveliness of Borderies, and the long-lasting finesse of the champagne areas, blend delicately together.

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    Excl. Tax: €90.83 Incl. Tax: €109.00

  • Cognac Gautier - Pinar del Rio XO

    An exceptional Cognac, blended with eau de vie aged up to 25 years.   For the connoisseur who will appreciate the marriage of aged Cognacs with quality cigars. A real achievement !

    Blends from more than a few areas supply Pinar Del Rio its real character: areas like Fins Bois for its body, Borderies for its mellowness, Petite and Grande Champagne for its finesse and finish.
    Multiple awards, gold and silver medals. Learn More
    Excl. Tax: €65.42 Incl. Tax: €78.50

  • Cognac Gautier - Tradition Rare

    Noble, Intense, Woody, Extra old Cognac
    Tradition Rare is the perfect gift for the discerning consumer. Cognac Gautier's oldest reserves are kept in the Cellars Paradise. The result is a unique blend of extremely rare Cognac smooth and richly flavoured.

    This Cognac takes advantages from its powerfulness, first evidenced via its mahogany color and its vanilla hints followed by complex aromas combining the mellowness of candied fruit enhanced by its spiciness and extreme notes of “rancio”. superb length in mouth, magnifying the numerous levels of aromas, and remarkable finish. The alcoholic strength of 41% maintains all the wealth of its aromas up to this lingering finish.
    Tasting:
    Made for discerning connoisseurs, its {complex and advanced} aromas near the absolute best

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    Excl. Tax: €115.50 Incl. Tax: €138.60

  • Gautier - Gold & Blue

    GOLD, the sun and light like Cognac XO …
    This XO is a blend of old «eaux-de-vie».The benefit is a finer, rounder and fuller Cognac. Rich yet smooth with a long finish.

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    Excl. Tax: €63.33 Incl. Tax: €76.00

  • Hine - Cigar Reserve

    Bernard HINE & Nicholas Freeman, the late chairman of UK Havana cigar importers, Hunters & Frankau, combined their lifetime experience to produce this unique cognac, especially created for the cigar connoisseur.

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    Excl. Tax: €74.17 Incl. Tax: €89.00

  • Louis Royer - XO

    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

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