Today is National Cognac Day, and to celebrate such a joyous day, we compiled our top 5 cognacs under $75.00 that you should buy and drink today.
Gautier Cognac VSOP
Origin: Cognac, France
Gautier has a long tradition in crafting quality spirits dating back to the 17th century. In 1755, the Gautier family received a royal warrant and has been producing tasty cognac ever since. Although the Guatier brand is owned by the Belvedere Group, the cognac still carries the tradition and flavors that has made it a staple of cognacs for now centuries.
Made from a blend of grapes from the four leading Cognac-producing regions, this VSOP displays aromas of vanilla and notes of fruit with flavors of oak, apple and light citrus coming through on the palate.
Rémy Martin 1738 Accord Royal
Origin: Grande and Petite Champagne, France
Rémy Martin to some is synonymous with cognac. Since 1724, Rémy Martin has been a pioneer in the Cognac industry. The first major house to employ a woman (Pierette Trichet) as its cellar master, and now, the reigns have been handed off to 33 year old Cellar Master Baptiste Loiseau to oversee he world’s largest stock of fine Champagne eaux-de-vie in the world, as well as the cellars, which house 140,000 casks. Taking risks seems to be what Rémy Martin has always done. Its 1738 Accord Royal offering is complex and fine, with a bouquet of plum, fig and toffee alongside flavors of spice, butterscotch and chocolate that lead to a long, creamy finish.
Camus Borderies Cognac VSOP
Origin: Borderies, France
The Camus family has been tending vines and producing Cognac in the Borderies region for five generations—and remains deeply devoted to the land. The smallest of five Cognac appellations, Borderies is also considered by many to be the most sought-after, with its chalky soil and ideal grape-growing weather. The Camus Borderies VSOP displays aromas of honey, apple and cinnamon with notes of peach, while the medium-bodied palate offers flavors of vanilla, spice and even more fruit.
Hennessy Privilège VSOP Cognac
Origin: Cognac, France
If you have a Hip Hop album coming out or have had one come out, you’ve probably rapped about sipping on Hennessy, but this very special Cognac has long traditions rooted beyond Hip Hop. Richard Hennessy founded his eponymous Cognac distillery in 1765. In 1817, the Prince of Wales (and future King of England) George IV asked Hennessey to create a “very special old pale” Cognac for him, and thus the labeling term VSOP was born. The Privilège VSOP displays aromas of oak, fruit and cinnamon on the nose, while flavors of vanilla, honey, apple and spice also move across the palate.
Cognac Prunier VSOP Grande Champagne
Origin: Grande Champagne, France
The House of Prunier has mastered the art of aging and blending carefully selected spirits. Family-owned and operated for nearly 250 years (Founded 1701), this Cognac only uses grapes from the Grande Champagne region. This VSOP boasts rich fruity and floral aromas with notes of apple, rose and light orange. The viscous Cognac tantalizes the palate with flavors of toasted oak and vanilla, which lead to a long finish with lots of caramel and a well-balanced burn that warms the tip of the tongue.