Best Cognacs and Brands 2010. Is there a List?

We get asked: what is the best Cognac of 2010, 2011 or 2012? And what are the top Cognac brands in the world?

Is there a list, is there a rule, the best taste? Is the most expensive, the best Cognac? And what if you just buy the known bottles, are you sure to get a good one?

We can tell you: There isn’t a rule. The best Cognac is the one you like: Taste, design, culture and background determine preference. It plays all together and you must admit, if you go to the distiller and experience how it’s like, inhale the athmosphere – you’ll bound with that eaux-de-vie.

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Cognac Brands

There are many cognac brands, many different cognacs. The big ones, the middle-sized ones and the small producers and distillers. Have a look at the Cognac Brands on – we almost have all of them listed.

Or, have a look at our list of all Cognacs bottles.

In our opinion, the most attractive Cognac comes from a small, private single estate distiller – a family business you get to know: Something special, hidden and unkown.

Also interesting are tasting competition and awards, their function of a neutral third party is important for the value of a cognac. Look at the articles on the competition in San Francisco 2010, and the International Spirits Challenge 2010, that might give you an idea.

Cognac Competition Categories

  • Distillery of the Year
  • Importer of the Year
  • Best in Show, White
  • Best in Show, Whisky
  • Best in Show, Brandy
  • Best in Show, Liqueur
  • The best VS or Three Star, the best VSOP, the best XO and Hors d’age
  • of course Double Gold, Gold, Silver and Bronze

These cognac competitions can be helpful for some sort of orientation.

Comments (22)

  1. SANJAY VERMA August 18, 2010 at 11:32 am


  2. Art September 4, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    I was wondering if you have every heard of a brand of cognac called “Canonnier” if so what can you tell me about the label.
    Thank You

  3. OzyFan September 28, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    Its actually called Grand Marnier Cognac.
    Visit this website for more info.Its very nice cognac and it is widely used for flambes in restaurants.

  4. Henry Burvenich December 15, 2010 at 4:10 am

    I have a bottle with no label it is bottled in France and has a V.S.O.P. on it the top says Raynal & Cie on it. The bottle is a dark green. Can you tell me what year and who made it.

  5. JSW December 29, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    Martell to me does not taste nearly as good as Meukow XO or Remy Extra.

  6. Bongy January 22, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    I’ve had Remy, Courvassier,Hennessey and I am convinced that most people can’t tell the difference. My absolute favorite is Raynal VSOP Brandy. This tastes better and smoother than all Cognacs I have tasted in the past 30+yrs. Before you discredit my claim, always remember “All Cognac is Brandy, but not all Brandy is Cognac.” Remember, they are one in the same. Don’t be fooled spending your money on high priced brandy aka Cognac.

  7. James February 10, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    I to have too say that for the money Raynal is the best at 21.00 for a 1.75 ltr
    Try it you’ll like it.

  8. cognacman June 4, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    I love cognac, but the days are over when bad cognac beats great brandy.
    It is a legal thing, like champagne, many sparkling wines beat them cold.

    That being said, I have to agree that Raynal is the best value
    and Meukow is amazing and under appreciated.

    I would like to put in a word for Kelt, which is shipped around the world
    before being bottled. Very unique.

    If you like cognac, try related brandies like Sempe (armannaq)

  9. Aniket August 11, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    Wow amazing information

  10. ahmad August 24, 2011 at 10:37 am

    I love Hennessy VSOP but since I try Martell cordon bleu I immediately fell in love with Martell cordon bleu because taste is very smooth, very round and long finish …

  11. Eric W Jackson August 25, 2011 at 11:05 pm

    I’ve always been a Remy VSOP kinda guy, but then I was given Remy 1738 as a present, man that is DA BOMB- Along with a nice Maduro Cigar – It’s an experience.

  12. paper chaser chicago March 8, 2012 at 5:54 am

    I have been a remy vsop remy 1738 guy and i have tried the martell the rest but i must say to me Hennesey Privilage is the best of all.

  13. Ken Saveth September 21, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    I am fairly new to Cognac (not whisky though) & am serching for what I like. I JUST purchased a bottle of Remy XO but have not opened it. I am looking forwrd to it soon.

    Any comments on what to expect would be welcome.

  14. opal johnson December 14, 2012 at 1:50 am

    I just purchased Des Ribauds red box XO…Ever heard of it? If so, you thoughts.

  15. Cognac Expert December 19, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    We haven’t heard of Des Ribauds as a brand, where did you purchase this XO cognac?

  16. Larry Benson January 9, 2013 at 2:15 am

    In 1995 I purchased a bottle of cognac and I can’t remember
    the name and it’s causing me many sleepless nights!!! I don’t have much information. I made the purchase in Detroit on 2/11/95, the cost was about $20.00. If someone
    could help with this nearly impossible mission, I’ll be
    so thankful.

  17. steve April 4, 2013 at 12:10 am

    out here we got that raynal now for $10 off fifth besr buy evver people don’t know people don’t know how good it is

  18. Leslie September 6, 2013 at 1:56 am

    Why isn’t Raynal brandy a Cognac?

  19. Erin February 19, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    Answer to Leslie: because Raynal is not distilled in the Cognac regiion of France. Only those distilleries in that area are allowed to use the term “cognac” under French law.

  20. Melvin March 28, 2014 at 6:44 am

    I’m a long time brandy drinker and a serious supporter of all alcoholic products.

    I’ve added the HENNESSY GOGNAC Tour in Cognac, France to my BUCKET LIST of things to do b 4 I kick the bucket. From the photos I’ve seen it’s a beautiful place to visit.

    So if someone out there has been there and done that get back with me on your wonderful trip.

  21. Melvin March 28, 2014 at 7:22 am

    Hey Larry Benson # 16,

    I can only guess that you were drinking some ‘HENNESSY COGNAC’ in 1995. In 1985, I too started in the dark on drinking cognac and it was on our way to a championship football in Chicksands, UK. Our bus was full fans and I had a friend name: Mitchell Fryer (R.I.P.) who gave me my very first taste of this fine brandy. I wasn’t a brandy drinker before this and I was out of wine, and wanted something else to drink and so I asked him what he was drinking and he told me “you don’t want any of this” being cognac. So I went to the back of the bus and got me some of what he was drinking and went back to my seat and took my first sip of it and damn it tasted so nasty. I asked him how do you drink this stuff? Mitch told me to just keep on sipping and I did and before we got to Chicksands I was HOOK on drinking Hennessy Cognac. I’ve tried as many as I can and loved them all however, it’s the HENNESSY COGNAC my favorite. Last June, and may I suggest u try the ‘R’EMY MARTIN 1738 Accord Royal’
    and it’s has landed itself in my No. 2 spot. It’s a smooth and royal joy to my taste buds. And since then I’ve purchased 4 of them… Happy tasting from one COGNAC drinker to another..

  22. franca February 20, 2015 at 1:19 pm

    wow, for me brandy is the best

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