It’s not always necessary to spend a fortune to get a very good Cognac indeed. So we put Sophie to work undertaking the “arduous” task of sipping her way through a bunch of different eaux-de-vie to bring us a curated list of the 10 best Cognacs under $100. Enjoy these wonders neat, or perhaps on the rocks, to best savor their age and complexity.
10 Best Cognacs under $100: Sophie’s choice
We wanted to know what were the oldest, highest quality Cognacs available that didn’t exceed the ceiling of the $100 dollar bill. And, we have to say, we were delighted as to how many XOs, Vieille Reserves, and even Hors d’Age made the grade. But there’s also a couple of great VSOPs that ticked all the boxes.
From the might of Hennessy through to lesser known brands such as De Luze, Paul Beau, and Paul Giraud, you’ll be amazed at what you can purchase and still get change from $100 bucks. This is, we have to say, a pretty incredible selection of Cognacs, and each will stand muster for even the most fastidious of palates.
1. XO Grand Cru Francois Voyer Cognac
A delightful 100% Grande Champagne XO Cognac from the experts at Francois Voyer. The eaux-de-vie is aged for the first three years in young oak casks before being transferred to older barrels. The humid cellars of this traditional Cognac house provide the perfect environment for Mother Nature to work the miracles that occur during the ageing process.
Discover the wonders of the XO Grande Cru Francois Voyer Cognac
2. Bache Gabrielsen Réserve Pure & Rustic Grande Champagne Très Vieille Cognac
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. Created from Ugni Blanc grapes, this Très Vieille Réserve is a limited edition, with only seven 350 litre barrels in existence.
Find out more about the top quality Bache Gabrielsen Reserve Pure & Rustic Grande Champagne Très Vieille Cognac.
3. Paul Giraud Vieille Reserve Cognac
Round, mellow, and with to-die-for rancio, the Paul Giraud Vieille Reserve is a XO Cognac from the terroir of Grande Champagne. This luxury was aged for around a quarter of a century before it was deemed ready to be bottled. We have to say, this really is a hidden champion, and one that represents extraordinary good value for money.
Delve into the delights of the Paul Giraud Vieille Reserve Cognac
4. De Luze VSOP Fine Champagne Cognac
De Luze have excelled themselves with this rather delicious VSOP. A Fine Champagne blend, the eaux-de-vie are aged for around 12 years, with the oldest coming from the Boinaud Estate harvest of 1989.
Dive into the world of De Luze and fall in love with their VSOP Fine Champagne Cognac
5. Bowen Napoléon Cognac
Bowen’s Napoleon is a delicious blend that hails from the much sought after terroir of Borderies. Well aged, it truly showcases the jasmine and violet aromas that this growth area is famed for. This is another Cognac that really does offer exceptional value for money.
Discover more about the Bowen Napoleon Cognac and a house that, for many, will be a new name to discover.
6. Hennessy VSOP Fine de Cognac
The only big brand name to have made it to our 10 Best Cognacs for $100 list, the Hennessy VSOP Fine de Cognac is a rather versatile Cognac to own. Enjoy neat as a digestif or it works just as well in a favourite cocktail. And, we have to say, it’s a wonderful alternative to the virtually impossible to get hold of Hennessy Pure White, with many switching allegiance to this fine VSOP blend.
Uncover the mystery of one of Hennessy’s newest additions in recent years—the Hennessy VSOP Fine de Cognac
And some that just had to go on the list, but that don’t quite hit the “under $100” bracket
But were just too good to leave out. And hey—they’re not far off—only missing out by the smallest of numbers.
7. Léopold Gourmel Age Du Fruit 10 Carats Cognac
This Léopold Gourmel is a lovely old XO Fin Bois Cognac, slightly over-proof at 41 % ABV. It matches well after white wines, meat or fish, or even Asian cuisine. Age Du Fruit is produced without additives, aged in un-toasted French oak casks, never chill filtered, and certainly doesn’t have any artificial wood notes. And it goes without saying that there’s no added caramel here.. French Wine review stated that this Cognac was, “Nice and well balanced”
Fall in love with the Leopold Gourmel Age du Fruits 10 Carats Cognac
8. Tesseron Lot N°76 XO Tradition Cognac
The multi-award winning Tesseron Lot N°76 XO Tradition is a blend of the very best eaux-de-vie from Grande Champagne, with the oldest being from the harvest of 1976. Enjoy neat or over ice for the very best taste experience.
Discover the delights of the Tesseron Lot N°76 XO Tradition Cognac
9. Braastad XO Superior Cognac
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.
Find out more about the Braastad XO Superior Cognac
10. Paul Beau Hors d’Age Cognac
Winner of no less than 5 gold medals since the year 2000, Paul Beau’s Hors d’Age was a quarter of a century in the making. And this is truly evident from the moment you first set eyes on it’s deep mahogany robe. And the aromas and flavours continue to enhance the sensory journey. We just HAD to include this in the list.
Prepare to be enchanted by the wonders of the Paul Beau Hors d’Age Cognac
So that’s it— Sophie’s list of the best Cognacs for under $100 (or so…). And if you’re thinking, “why on earth didn’t my favourite Cognac make the list”, then let us know. We’ll happily carry out a further taste test (because as we’re sure you know, carrying out such research for the greater good of our global audience really isn’t such an arduous job after all.).