List with the 10 Best XO Cognacs – Top Value For Money or just the best Brands?

What we did in this list is to show the 10 best XO Cognacs, or the most popular XO Cognacs at least. Does this really mean they are the best cognacs? We can’t tell – because taste is so different. Please note: This is not a personal opinion by Cognac-Expert.com (but these are good cognacs, for sure)… You can buy almost all of the cognacs below via Cognac-Expert.com – Please note: Our cognac online shop is now open for everyone. We offer shipping worldwide and secure Purchase.

How did we do this?

We had a look at a lot of data. As we wanted to get closer to popular XO Cognacs , we used different paramters such as social media appreciation & sharing, returning visitors and visits  - then we created a little formula. Also please note that this evaluation is not just about taste but about the whole product (elements such as design, price and taste play a role). So this is what our readers tend to prefer. Here we go – happy shopping! 

1. De Luze XO Fine Champagne Cognac

Sweet bottle, from a great producer. Fine Champagne, good value for money.

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A flagship from one of the top 4 cognac producers: A classic.

Buy now $ 175.70Learn more

Camus‘ love for Borderies XO seems to be shared by cognac-expert readers. A specific taste, in a retro bottle.

Buy  now $ 155.45Learn more

4.  A. de Fussigny XO Fine Champagne Cognac

Fussigny’s stylish decanter presents a Fine Champagne cognac – we’re quite surprised to find this one in the top 5.

Buy now $ 150.09

5. Rémy Martin XO 1st Cru Cognac

Rémy Martin XO “1st Cru” stands for pure Grande Champagne, and beats its Fine Champagne brother.

Learn more about this cognac – unfortunately this bottle is not available right now.

6.  Martell XO Cordon Bleu Cognac

Martell‘s simplistic & lovely bottle with a masculine cognac, we must say we like this one: Cordon Bleu.

Learn more about this cognac - unfortunately this bottle is not available right now.

7. Courvoisier XO Impérial Cognac

Courvoisier‘s Imperial, well known all over the world from Busta Rhymes’ music video - a blend with Grande and Petite Champagne cognacs.

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8.  Rémy Martin XO Excellence Cognac

Rémy Martin’s Fine Champagne XO, beaten by its 1st cru brother.

Buy now $ 207.70Learn more

9.  Hennessy XO Extra Old Cognac

Certainly the most popular XO in the world, but not on cognac-expert.com as it seems.

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10.  Meukow XO Extra Old Cognac

And finally: Meukow‘s Cognac, the jumping panther made it in the top 10.
Learn more about this cognac – unfortunately the bottle is not yet available.

And that’s it! You might now think, wait a moment, this can’t be true! Where is my favourite Cognac? And why is that and that cognac not it this ‘Best XO Cognac list’ ?

Well, you might want to have a look at our list of all XO Cognacs.

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20 Responses

#1 Oleg on Nov 26, 2011, says:

as always Martell Gordon Bleau in top 10

#2 Robert Stephen Bob Eastham on Nov 26, 2011, says:

De Luze in no 1 pole position ! Well deserved recognition. Thanks to all the brand’s fans.

#3 Depri on Nov 26, 2011, says:

martell cordon bleu mEtaL

#4 henri on Dec 1, 2011, says:

I think A de Fussigny XO has a well deserved number 4 place. The decanter is very stylish and the cognac is so smooth ! next year it will be number one !

#5 Eric on Dec 1, 2011, says:

I think the dominance of the major brands in this list has more to do with availability and brand awareness than quality. If every cognac were available everywhere, I bet most of these wouldn’t be in this list. Usually when I go to the store in the US, it’s Remy, Courvoisier, Hennessey, Martell, Conjure, and a couple others like Camus or Meukow or Kelt or Hine or Hardy or Landy, most of that VS and VSOP. Rarely you’ll get something like a Ferrand or a Delamain. They’ll typically have maybe three XOs from the Big 4 in a locked case. In a handful of places I’ll find a few less well known ones. But I just never see many of the notable brands we talk about here. Never seen Bache Gabrielsen, ABK6, A. de Fussigny, A.E. Dor, Biskit, Braastad, Grosperin, Pinard, Fillioux, Gourmel, Leyrat, Royer, Giraud, Peyrat, Prunier, Otard (except in airports), Tesseron, just to name a few. Some of these can be found online, but it’s not as easy as browsing in your local shop. I’d love to see better and wider distribution.

I’d also love to see someone start up a sampler/taster mail order business. You’d could order sampler packs of a range of cognacs, particularly the ones you never see in the USA. It could just be a two-dram test tube or a mini bottle and you could order five, ten, 20, whatever. You could do all-XO samplers or all-Borderies samplers or all the offerings from a given house or a small house sampler etc etc. It’s such an expensive hobby and it would be great to be able to get a preview before sinking $100 or more into something that turns out not to be very interesting. I’d love to try basically every brand we’ve ever talked about here, but that would take many thousands of dollars. My favorite one is probably lurking out there amongst the ones I can’t find in the US or am not willing to drop the cash on. Business opportunity, somebody!

#6 Joe on Dec 3, 2011, says:

I agree with Eric. There are lots of reasons why these top 10 look like this.. the bigger cognac houses are not necessarily the best cognac brands. Still, interesting to see De Luze on top here, and Hennessy on 9th position.

there are so many good xo cognacs, one should do a top 100 list, or at least a top 20 list. of course it would be great to see best vsop, and best vintage cognacs – from a taste point of view. if not here, where then?

#7 joe on Apr 29, 2012, says:

I have tried most of these cognacs, and I mean the whole bottle $$.
#5 on this list blows, all the other 9 away in taste!! This includes the four in front of it.

Martell to me, taste like bad and not what great cognac should taste like
camus xo borderies is the smoothest cognac I have ever had, and is interesting
but has a strange taste. it has the most surreal scent!

hennessy xo is VERY smooth and of great quality, smoother then remy xo premire cru, BUT in no way shape or manner taste nearly as great as Remy xo premire cru.
The scent, taste and well the remy martin experience one gets from Remy Louie VIII you get ‘some of’ with it !!!

Meukow I had it is nice for sure, but does have some kick to it an is not a soshiicted cru blend at all.

In fact REMY MARTIN EXTRA $$$, while better then the nine listed here, is to me
not as great as the lower priced Remy Premire Cru!!

Allow it to aerate for at least 30 min, and taste what is possble!!! MAGIC

#8 jsw on Apr 29, 2012, says:

btw.. bought a bottle of tesseron 29. it was not great at all, and still have half the bottle. (a bad sign, as when trutly great, somehow it disappears soon after acquiring it.) way to many years of over aging, turned a great cognac strange tasting. tesseron 53 was best one.

still stick with remy xo premire cru.

i cant speak for the smaller french brands mentioned above:
Bache Gabrielsen, ABK6, A. de Fussigny, A.E. Dor, Biskit, Braastad, Grosperin, Pinard, Fillioux, Gourmel, Leyrat, Royer, Giraud, Peyrat, Prunier, Otard

but I am thinking, none of them are a remy martin xiii…..

#9 John Wall on Oct 24, 2012, says:

I have a very old bottle of Hennessey Cognac. Full and unopened. It is a four fifths of a quart bottle. The label on the kneck of the bottle has 3 stars on it. I’m trying to find out how old it is, and what it’s worth is. Any help out there?

#10 Derek Frigo on Dec 24, 2012, says:

I have had the pleasure of tasting 8 or the above listed Cognacs and whilst all are different and great in their own individual right, Francois Voyer XO Gold (which is sadly not mentioned above) takes first prize in my opinion. Not only is it the richest, smoothest tasting XO that I have ever tasted it is also very affordable.

Francois Voyer XO gold is simply stunning!

#11 SSL on Jan 3, 2013, says:

Camus XO Borderies is unique !
The best one of this category !

#12 Daniel on Nov 20, 2013, says:

Hopefully Eric has been able to find a greater choice of Cognacs to sample since December 2011.

However, if I may, I would strongly recommend a visit to The Brandy Library in New York. The choice is breathtaking, the staff helpful and knowlegeable, the venue comfortable. For me, it was a dream come true!
Their web site will be an eye opener.
A visit to the place is a must!
best
Daniel

#13 Max (Cognac-Expert.com) on Nov 25, 2013, says:

Hi Daniel, thanks for your comment. Totally right, the Brandy Library is a great place. If you live in NYC and love cognac and brandy, just go!

#14 Travis on Nov 27, 2013, says:

Courvoisier is the 1 I choose. It’s the fragrance,smooth aftertaste, delicate moonwalk on your brain feels amazing.

#15 Mick on Nov 28, 2013, says:

Can anyone tell know anything about X.O. GOLD BAKU 15 YEAR OLD COGNAC AND PRICE

#16 Patricia on Jan 4, 2014, says:

Camerons VSOP Cream of France cognac, 4/5 qt., any value? Also VSOP fine champagne cognac, in a black bottle,coir osier.

#17 Hoke Harden on Apr 9, 2014, says:

This points out the inherent fallacy of even attempting to put together a “Top #” list when it comes to cognac: the perception of cognac is so entirely subjective, and their is such excellent diversity of choice at an extremely high level of quality as to stymie any attempt to pick a mere ten.

What of Pierre Ferrand Grand Cru (Reserve of Selection des Anges)? What of Delamain—their entry-level Pale & Dry is simply astonishing? What of Park XO? What of Fontpinot GC? What of Hine Antique? Any and all of these–and too many more to mention—are worthy of inclusion on this list.

#18 Sebastian (Cognac-Expert.com) on Apr 10, 2014, says:

Dear Hoke, thanks for your comment first of all. Yes, you’re definitely right, and even more: every system of classification or arrangement is subjective, arbitrary and incomplete. Nevertheless every list we made (and we made quite a few) gives you some orientation in this stunningly rich field of cognac. Last but not least we rouse some opposition by our readers like you, meaning: reducing the incompleteness and arbitrariness of these lists. And I think that’s not so bad.

#19 Stuart on Jul 3, 2014, says:

How about a list of the 10 best cheap cognacs (<$30/750ml)? I've drunk a lot of Hennessy VS, some Courvoisier VS and Maison Rouge VSOP. For me, quantity trumps quality because I've never drunk a cognac I didn't like. Also, I would never blend a cognac, no-matter how cheap, with anything. Brandies are a different story; the cheap ones are good only to spike my morning coffee.

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