We came up with 10 Cognacs that are very good, and just under $100. This might be the best choice for your hundred dollar bill, so here is the list of best Cognacs under 100 Dollars, created by Sophie. Basically all cognacs can be drunk neat – these are not cocktail Cognacs.
10 Cognacs under 100 Dollars – Sophie’s December 2012 list:
We picked the oldest Cognac possible, for the lowest price – just under 100$: From XO to Vieille Reserve to Hors d’Age even one VSOP is in the list. So here we go: Cognac brands featured are Francois Voyer, Bowen, De Luze, Leopold Gourmel, Paul Giraud, Tesseron, Bache Gabrielsen, Braastad , Paul Beau and Hennessy. So the only Cognac that is not really old is the De Luze Cognac, well, and the Hennessy Fine de Cognac is not that old neither. But this is a solid selection, nonetheless.
1. XO Grand Cru Francois Voyer Cognac: $88
This old 100% Grande Champagne XO is called Premier Cru de Cognac, Grand Cru Francois Voyer – aged in oak barrels. It is aged for three years in younger casks, afterwards in older, barrels in a humid cellar of the traditional cognac house of Voyer.
2. Paul Beau Hors d’Age Cognac: $81
Aged 20 to 25 years. This rare bottle by Cognac Paul Beau is a cognac for a very special occasion. Paul Beau Hors d’Age has received numerous awards.
…next one is a Braastad …
3. Braastad XO Superior Cognac: $90
Braastad XO Superior is a blend out of four different regions: Grande and Petite Champagne, Borderies and Fins Bois. The blend consists of eaux-de-vie that were aged between 15 and 25 years. The grape variety is Ugni Blanc.
4. Bache Gabrielsen Réserve Pure & Rustic Grande Champagne Très Vieille Cognac: $98
This Pure & Rustic Cognac is about 40 years old, and a rare Très Vieille Réserve. Cellar Master Jean-Philippe Bergier selected and blended different cognacs from distillers of the Grande Champagne, in partnership with “Bouilleur de Cru” families. The grapes for this Cognac are Ugni Blanc. This Très Vieille Réserve is a limited edition, only seven 350 litre barrels exist.
5. Tesseron Lot N°76 XO Tradition Cognac: $91
Cognac Tesseron Lot N°76 XO Tradition is made from Ugni Blanc Grapes, and a pure Grande Champagne blend. Aged for more than one generation in Limousin oak casks.
… next one is a Paul Giraud bottle! …
6. Paul Giraud Vieille Reserve Cognac: $80
Paul Giraud Vieille Reserve is a XO Cognac from the Grande Champagne region. Aged for about 25 years. A hidden champion, and very good value for money.
7. Léopold Gourmel Age Du Fruit 10 Carats Cognac: $78
This Léopold Gourmel is an old XO Fin Bois Cognac, at 41 % ABV. It matches well after white wines, after white meat or fish – or even Asian kitchen. The Age Du Fruit is produed without additives, aged in un-toasted French oak casks; never chill filtered – and certainly no artifial wood notes, and not caramelised. French Wine review, september 2006: “Nice and well balanced”.
8. De Luze VSOP Fine Champagne Cognac: $44
De Luze VSOP Fine Champagne is a fine Cognac, comes in a 0,7l bottle. The eaux-de-vie for this blend come from the first Fine Champagne growth area. Up to 12 years old cognac, with the oldest spirits from the Boinaud Estate harvest of 1989.
9. Bowen Napoléon Cognac: $85
Bowen Napoleon Cognac is a mature cognac that has been aged in oak barrels for at least six years.
10. Hennessy VSOP Fine de Cognac: $61
Hennessy Fine de Cognac is a rather new blend, that the cognac house introduced to the market. Its a floral, and balanced Cognac, that is supposed to attract younger consumers. Its age lies between 4 and 10 years. It comes in a 70 cl bottle and 40% ABV.
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