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 - Grande Champagne Vieille EXTRA

    GRANDE CHAMPAGNE VIEILLE
    This exceptional Cognac has required years of patient care and ageing in order to reach this rare level of smoothness; The aromas are concentrated with elegance. The wooden crate requires an extra 10 euros for handling and shipping. Learn More

    Excl. Tax: €150.00 Incl. Tax: €180.00

  • Normandin-Mercier - Grande Champagne XO

    This is at the same time a soft and full-bodied spirit aged in red oak barrels. The Eye shows amber tones. Nose is mostly fruity (dried fruits, hazelnut , almonds, candied and citrus fruits), spiced (cinnamon, vanilla), sweetened (honeyed). Discover a wide array of rancio (Port wine, smoked, chocolate-brown), cereal (brioche), vegetable (dry spices, light tobacco), Woody. The mouth is ample and round. Fruity (dried fruits), spicy, woody, long.

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    Excl. Tax: €101.67 Incl. Tax: €122.00

  • Normandin-Mercier - Grande Champagne La Péraudière

    This is at the same time a soft and full-bodied spirit aged in red oak barrels. The Eye shows amber tones. Nose is mostly fruity (dried fruits, hazelnut , almonds, candied and citrus fruits), spiced (cinnamon, vanilla), sweetened (honeyed). Discover a wide array of rancio (Port wine, smoked, chocolate-brown), cereal (brioche), vegetable (dry spices, light tobacco), Woody. The mouth is ample and round. Fruity (dried fruits), spicy, woody, long.

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    Excl. Tax: €86.67 Incl. Tax: €104.00

  • 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: €117.92 Incl. Tax: €141.50

  • 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: €119.17 Incl. Tax: €143.00

  • Léopold Gourmel - Promenade en Cognac 3 x 20cl

    Age of Fruit - Age of Flowers - Age of Spices. For the first time recognize the three natural aromatic stages, memorize them easily and select them according to the different instances.

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    Excl. Tax: €70.83 Incl. Tax: €85.00

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  • Leopold GOURMEL BIO Attitude ORGANIC COGNAC

    Cognac Bio Attitude - An organic cognac
    This Cognac is sort of an adventure. The grape used to elaborate Cognac Bio Attitude is organic, and the house asked Ecocert to control the entire process: winemaking, distillation, ageing till bottling. Thus “no chemicals, no pesticides affect the grapes; from the pruning to the picking, from the maturity of the grapes to the respect of the berries, every step promotes quality rather than the quantity.” proclaims the house. The label states both dates of distillation and of bottling. A guarantee of age and  authenticity, and an original move. The cognac itself is fresh, delicate, with zesty notes and nuts aromas: We believe tasting this Cognac will convince all. Cognac Leopold Gourmel is selected by many of the finest Michelin-starred and owes its fame to the sommeliers, chefs, wine & spirit specialists consistently placing them on top of their list.

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    Excl. Tax: €34.17 Incl. Tax: €41.00

  • 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: €81.67 Incl. Tax: €98.00

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