Cognac Salignac VS: bottle review

The Salignac VS Cognac is a very young Cognac, and belongs to one of the leading producers in the world: Courvoisier. As this Cognac is a three star or VS Cognac, it is probably not older than 2 1/2 years or 3, not aged for a long time.

 Salignac VS

The Salignac Cognac helped Courvoisier a lot in the global economic crisis to maintain more or less stable. The Cognac comes from Salignac-sur-Charente, 15 km away from Jarnac. At Salignac, appearently the blending happens before ageing, means that the eaux-de-vie get matured together in oak casks.

Tasting notes of Cognac Salignac:
On the eye: Interesting enough, this Cognac is far too dark for a VS
On the nose: sweet
Taste: Strong caramel notes, rather smooth, some citrus fruits
Finish: the caramel aroma is not steady, rather weak finish
Cru: Not quite clear where the eaux-de-vie originally comes from
Price: somewhere between $17 and $22

Let’s face it: This is a young Cognac, at a very low price – with added caramel. The caramel taste gets picked up easily, you do not have to be an expert. It appears early on the tongue and later on vanishes with the finish.

Salignac label

One would suggest using this Cognac for sweet cocktails and mixdrinks.
Louis de Cognac is also a product from the Cognac house.

Comments (37)

  1. Leo January 14, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    After the liquor store ran out of hennessy I asked the clerk for a cheap cognac. He recommended salignac. Wow this cognac taste just like hennessy. And its way cheaper. I’ve even Had guest over tried it and actually thought they was drinking hennessy. Definitely give it a try 🙂

  2. Richard Santo February 11, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    Ignore the review, this cognac is a damn fine product, and only one with a highly-cultivated discernement can tell the difference, slight as it is. Cognac is to relax with, to savor and enjoy the fruits of others’ labors. Enjoy this fine cognac (at a truly fair price).

  3. Rene February 12, 2011 at 1:14 am

    Well, The Salignac is a Three Star and known to have caramel. It’s a low price, it’s what it is. And good for mixing with ginger ale for example.

  4. Mairead March 11, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    I’m not a brandy-tsu in any way. My only experiences have been Asbach’s Uralt when I lived in Germany and Mumm’s during the brief time it was available in the US.

    With the Asbach’s I always felt a little nervous, as though it might really be paint remover in disguise. But after several bottles I learned that was its normal state, and stopped buying it.

    The Mumm’s probably disappeared from the shelves because they got a permanent contract to supply Paradise.

    So, not knowing any better, I bought a bottle of Salignac VS today.


    Much more like Asbach’s than Mumm’s. It doesn’t strip the hide off my throat, but I can tell that it’s trying. I’ll look for something else next time.

  5. William April 3, 2011 at 12:22 am

    Ireally enjoyed The Salignacs I purchase smooth nice tasting and reasonable price. The matter fact I’m getting ready to Buy a case!

  6. Charlie April 18, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    I drink it and it is good. It is a lot cheaper then Hennessy and Remy. Most people can not tell that it is not Hennessy when they are drinking it.

  7. don August 13, 2011 at 1:40 am

    I found an old unopened bottle of Salignac Cognac. How can I find out it’s age. The seal says Calif 1-773

  8. arch September 5, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    i have a bottle that is probably at least 25 years old still in the box (never opened) is it any good?

  9. Roberto November 24, 2011 at 7:26 am

    Believe me, was a surprise to me when I asked in the liquor store about chepeast cognac and good flavor,for me is very good taste and the most important is the day after I drank it, I wake up as never having been drinking before and the price is excellent, byeeeee…Hennessy.

  10. Dan December 18, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    I just found a bottle of Salignac after my mpther’s recent passing and would like to know the age if possible. On the box is a stamp on the bottom; it has Etuis Cognac, Nantes*Paris, Made in France, HS 1941, 06-96, 2. It’s never been opened so I would assume it’s OK to drink. A response would be appreciated.

    Thank You,

  11. Deeday December 31, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    I just bought some of Salignac and I have to say its very good an at a good price range… I’m a more Courvoisier cognac man but this is a very good tasting cognac… So I will be drinking this cognac a little more often when I don’t feel like spending $60 on Courvoisier… Happy New Year!!!!!

  12. Roberto January 16, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    I just keeping drinking salignac,I like it believe me, but I’m waiting for VSOP,must be excellent…..please keep the price and the formula is very good one.

  13. Antoine Guienne May 27, 2012 at 12:37 am

    Can we become importers and distributors for Salignac cognac in South America. We are involved in high ranking private city clubs

  14. Redmeat October 14, 2012 at 8:28 am

    Better than Hennessy….not as good as Courvisier….cost less than both….

  15. Mike February 16, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    I love to buy cognac

  16. mo mobley April 26, 2013 at 5:04 am

    Back in 1955 I bought a bottle of De Salignac aged 75 years in the oak……..take a sip and it created so much saliva, it just slid down my throat…….no need to swallow and when it reached the stomach it settled with a WHOOMP…..Stationed in the air force at the time and it was only $2.10…..Remy was $1.95………Got another bottle in 1956 when I was TDY to Morroco…..

  17. Lee April 30, 2013 at 5:42 am

    I’m a Hennessey man myself but when I tried Salignac it blew My socks off good taste and you don’t wake up feeling drunk still and the price is right

  18. Kingofkings September 29, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    I brougt a bottle for the first time and i am imptrssed. I will switch the taste and price is great..

  19. Ned September 30, 2013 at 7:29 am

    Very good cognac – I’m not a connoisseur, but after one or 2 even they can’t tell the diff…

  20. weberoo November 13, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    Like many inexpensive cognacs I uncork and let it breath for a while. This is one of the best

  21. Eron November 26, 2013 at 5:58 am

    I’m a henny girl .. When to the store on a budget came out with this .. And it’s like Hennessy had a baby rate jus like it just not as strong but jus as good! I think I found me a new favorite drink!

  22. Eron November 26, 2013 at 6:02 am

    Lol so many typos …I meant it tastes just like it… Just not as strong .. I’m sipping on it right now .. Will know tomorrow if I wake up with a hangover or not lol… Nonetheless good taste good price!… Cognac lovers can’t go wrong with this one.

  23. lana November 3, 2014 at 8:59 am

    I went the store tonight n they said the company was out r u still manufacturing please say so….

  24. Damon January 9, 2015 at 11:46 pm

    This has replaced Henny as my go to drink. I just wish it was more readily available at my local store, I have to travel a bit to get it.

  25. james July 19, 2015 at 3:48 am

    I have been buying this cognac for year and in the Washington DC area we have never run out. In the past month, no liquor store have it in stock. What’s the problem and where can I get the half gallon size? HELP!!!!!!!!!

  26. Roger, Miami, Florida September 7, 2015 at 5:29 am

    Forget the review. It’s way off course. I discovered Salignac when I was living in Quebec, Canada, many years ago. I remember I enjoyed its smoothness and savored its flavor. I was a big cognac drinker back then, but I gradually dropped all other brands and ended up only drinking Salignac. I always thought that this product was a sleeper and all the wonderful, positive, responses to the rather unflattering review would seem to confirm this. In my view, it’s a gem! It’s yours to enjoy!

  27. Gregory Cunningham January 9, 2016 at 5:22 pm

    I Landgry Cognac Drinker But Can Not Get It In My Market Area Anymore So I When In Looking For A Good Cognac An Gentlemen Told Me To Try Salignac Because It Is Smooth An You Think You Be Drinking Henssey……He Told The The Truth An I Will Start Keeping A Bottle.

  28. Dave February 23, 2016 at 6:02 am

    I have a bottle of Tres Grand Fine Cognac – L. de Salignac. 750ML. This bottle was given to me in 1979, never opened (no box). Can you tell me what it may be worth?

  29. Phil July 13, 2016 at 9:37 am

    I would rather have Queen Latifah shit in my mouth from atop an hot air balloon then taste this god forsaken “cognac” rubbing alcohol. Other than using this to clean my bath tub or thinning some paint, I would pass on this.

  30. Greg January 27, 2017 at 3:34 am

    Discovered Salignac in the early 2000’s and had not seen this cognac in years!

    I was in a store looking treat myself to Hennessy Black when I spotted an ‘ol familiar label peeking out from an obscure area on the cognac shelf-it was Salignac!

    Because I haven’t had this cognac in literally years, it’s taste was really harsh. When compared to the basic Hennessy, there is a difference in taste, a harsh difference…but after initial shock to the taste buds, I actually felt bad that I neglected Saligac; and mad that I could have saved so much money by buying this product!

    I really like Salignac: it’s cheap, decent flavor, and it’s CHEAP!
    -It makes a good control for when you are trying to show some one the differences between the ages, and prices of various cognacs!

    Line Salignac up with 3 or 4 other older, higher quality cognacs-and you may get a couple of people thinking “why spend “$80 on a bottle of brand xxx, when this is only $12!”

  31. David N May 15, 2017 at 5:21 am

    I discovered Salingnac by chance. I went to a bar and asked for Hennessy. The bartender said they only carry salingnac. So as that was the only Congnac available I had it. Never went back to Hennessy again ! I was very impressed by how smooth it was and being that I never heard of it. The price was also better than I expected. To make a long story short I have not went back to Hennessy only if the the establishment does not have Salingnac. Also I purchase it steadily now from the liqueur store. In closing the great and noticeable factor is there is no lingering effects in the morning ……… meaning no headache or hangover ! SO IMPRESSED !

  32. sara September 10, 2017 at 2:43 am

    I recently bought my first bottle of Cognac, did not care for the taste. Prefer drink liqueuor/brandy straight up. Tastes like whiskey, but again new to this type drink. I bough a bottle of Vodka infused with Cognac it was great, Twenty Grand Gold. I recommend this if like something sweet.

  33. Don Larson October 4, 2017 at 6:30 am

    I’ve read these previous comments, and would like to add mine, as I just bought my first bottle. At first taste, yes, a musty rubbing alcohol flavor. Tastes like a cheap whiskey. I won’t be buying this ever again !!!

  34. Richard Calhoun November 20, 2017 at 12:03 am

    it is a very good cognac for a cheap price most people would think they are drinking hennessy a very good cognac I truly recommend it.

  35. Sarah baldwin December 21, 2017 at 10:31 am

    I have this bottle of salignac cognac and i would like to know how much its worth and where i can sale it to

  36. Katja ( January 29, 2018 at 12:42 am

    Hi Sarah,
    if you want to sell your Cognac you can have a look at our auction section. The process would include an estimation of your bottle´s value by our experts. For further questions, please have a look at our auction FAQ.

    Thank you!

  37. LG June 14, 2018 at 3:27 am


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