Here is the list of 10 cognacs Sophie and Max prepared for this year’s Christmas Edition of Living Poitou Charentes! If you are still looking for a 2012-2013 cognac here is our “best choice” list of cognacs for the holidays.
We thought about smaller brands like Jean Fillioux, Paul Giraud and Boutinet to mid sized ones like Hine , and last but not least the bigger ones like Martell, Hennessy and Courvoisier. Of course these cognacs are not the best cognacs in the world, or something like that… it’s simply a selection we like.
So let’s have a look at the list and we’ll start with authentic producer Paul Giraud and end with Hine.
Really authentic. This medium-sized producer has a long family tradition and makes a very solid cognac, one which is extremely great value for money. The Napoleon is one of Paul Giraud’s oldest bottles. Details
A classic. For those who appreciate Scandinavian elegance (Bache-Gabrielsen is the number 1 on the Norwegian market). Its understated sophistication in design is coupled with a high quality of cognac. The Hors d’Age Grande Champagne is a blend that is enjoyed on a special occasion. Details
A classic: Taste and design. Cordon Bleu by Martell turned 100 years in 2012 and we were invited to a great evening in Monaco. Cordon Bleu just has this classic bottle design, it simply radiates confidence and tradition. Perfect for the cold months, this spicy and rather masculine cognac is one of the most important or perhaps the most important product of the 300-years old cognac house of Martell… Details
For those who like a fruity and more sweet cognac, this mature XO by Prunier is a perfect bottle to have. Prunier, still today a family owned and run cognac house has a two hundred year old tradition in cognac making, placing a lot of emphasis on their values and tradition. Details
And here comes the absolute cognac XO classic. Presented in a great, compact and beautifully decorated bottle. (We know this is a commercial bottle, but hey, it’s really well done) Hennessy’s XO is not light, but rather feminine we’d call it! Details
This Hine “early landed” cognac is vintage brandy from 1983, a wonderful gift for any young cognac enthusiast born in 1983 for example (for a 30th birthday in 2013…) Details
Like our list? We really hope so. If you have anything to add or to say, please leave a comment below.