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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  • ABK6 - XO Family Reserve

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    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.

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    Excl. Tax: €57.50 Incl. Tax: €69.00

  • ABK6 - Aged 10 Years

    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.

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    Excl. Tax: €57.50 Incl. Tax: €69.00

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