Here comes a list of 10 Grande Champagne Cognacs. The Grande Champagne is the heart of the cognac region, the 1st Cru (out of 6). With extremely chalky soil, the Grande Champagne area is considered the present the best conditions of the region. Cognacs that use grapes from the heart of the region are special: For example, these eaux-de-vie can be aged much longer in the oak barrel than let’s say a Fins Bois Cognac – the structure is more robust. You can actually taste the difference when it’s a Grande Champagne Cognac.
If you would like to learn more about the different growth areas of the Cognac region read our article about growth areas and crus.
Users asked us: What is a good Grande Champagne cognac? and we gave it a thought and selected 10 bottles.
Of course there are many others. Obviously we cannot claim that these are the best Grande Champagne Cognacs because it’s always a matter of taste and personal experience. This selection features different brands from smaller producers Daniel Bouju, Brillet, Domaine de Birius to mid sized ones like HINE, Frapin, Bache-Gabrielsen and others.
1. Claude Thorin Napoléon Cognac
Claude Thorin Cognacs are definitely worth a try – a great Grande Champagne cognac. We were happy enough to taste the family’s latest high-end product Cognac during Vinexpo earlier this year. Read more or purchase Claude Thorin Napoléon Grande Champagne Cognac. Price tag: $61
2. Frapin Extra Grande Champagne Cognac
Frapin’s Extra Cognac is made with old eaux-de-vie from the Grande Champagne region. The blend consists of cognac that is between 30 and 50 years old, aged in oak barrels. Price tag: $555 Read more about Frapin Extra Grande Champagne Cognac
3. Louis Royer 32 Year Old Grande Champagne Cognac
4. Paul Giraud Napoleon Cognac
Paul Giraud’s Napoleon is around or let’s say at least 15 years old, aged in oak barrels. Giraud’s cognacs are known for their authenticity, which we like.
Read more about Paul Giraud Napoleon Cognac. Price: $68
5. Hine XO Antique Grande Champagne Cognac
Hine’s Premier Cru XO comes in an elegant decanter, designed with metal elements. The cognac consists of 40 different eaux-de-vie from the first Cru of the cognac region.
Sales price is at $209. Read more about Hine XO Antique Grande Champagne Cognac
6. A.E. Dor Sign Of Time Cognac
Sign of time is a high-end luxury Cognac, a very old blend of Grande Champagne cognac that comes in a crystal 1-litre decanter designed and produced by La Cristallerie Royale de Champagne. Price tag: $8250
Read more about A.E. Dor Sign Of Time Cognac
7. Bache Gabrielsen Hors d’Age Grande Champagne Cognac
Bache-Gabrielsen Hors d’Age is a blend with old eaux-de-vie dating back to the year of 1917 and the youngest around 1960. The Grande Champagne grapes used for this blend are Ugni Blanc, Colombard and Folle Blanche.
Read more about Bache Gabrielsen Hors d’Age Grande Champagne Cognac. Price tag: $195
8. Brillet Très Vieille Réserve Cognac
Brillet’s Très Vieille Réserve is an old cognac, aged for about 20 years in oak barrels.
Read more about Brillet Très Vieille Réserve Cognac. Price tag: $115
9. Birius XO Extra Old
We have tasted this XO Cognac by hidden jewel house Domaine Birius, situated in the Grande Champagne. The age is at around 30 years.
10. Daniel Bouju Tres Vieux Grande Champagne Cognac
Read more about Daniel Bouju Tres Vieux Grande Champagne Cognac. Price tag is $170.