The grade and quality is equivalent to a VSOP but contains older Cognacs than the minimum requires.
Hennessy Fine De Cognac originally was blended for a Prince: The future King George IV of England asked Hennessy in 1817, to deliver a superior, old and pale brandy.
The blend presents an aromatic balance, coming from 60 different eaux-de-vie, from the four highest cru zones of the Cognac region:
- Grande Champagne
- Petite Champagne
- Fins Bois
This VSOP is quite smooth compared to a VS.
Hennessy VSOP Fine de Cognac review and tasting notes:
The color: amber
On the nose: flower notes, some yellow fruit, an idea of sweetness: honey, earthy tone
The taste: fruit, some honey, spicy, cinnamon
Finisher: Quite smooth “dans la bouche”
The crus: Grande and Petite Champagne, Borderies and Fins Bois.
The age: minimum 4 years, blended with up to 25 year old eaux-de-vie.
Price: € 45 / $ 60 which is okay for the value
The Rémy Martin VSOP is a bit more complex, I’d say.
Hennessy has a long history and is of course the leading Cognac company in the world, dominating about 40% of the world market. Its founder, Richard Hennessy set up his trading company in 1765 in Charente.