[Updated June 08 2020]
The search for smooth Cognacs is ongoing and dynamic. Just when you think you’ve found the ultimate, another comes along that challenges for the number one spot on your personal taste leaderboard. But, we have to admit, searching for the smoothest Cognac is a fun (and never ending) pastime.
The following our some of our favorites, each boasting its own unique taste on the concept of smooth. Being as we search long and hard for ultra smooth eau-de-vie we thought only right that we shared our list with you. Of course, it goes without saying that if you’ve any must-trys to add then be sure to let us know…
What is a Smooth Cognac?
Before we get to our recommendations, let’s first clarify what we mean by a smooth Cognac. Because, let’s face it, the word itself is somewhat ambiguous.
In our opinion, smooth means the way in which the individual interprets the combination of aroma, taste, mouthfeel, and finish. If they all meld in perfect harmony, then that’s what we consider to be smooth. However… We also think that the smooth-rating of an eau-de-vid is dependent on it’s age and quality. So a younger, fresher Cognac will have a different smoothness than an old Cognac, such as an Extra or Hors d’Age.
So… Enough talking. Time to discover the Cognac Expert list of smooth Cognacs that we highly recommend you try.
1. Normandin Mercier La Peraudiere
We first came across this Cognac in 2016, and it’s remained one of our favorites since. The Normandin Mercier La Peraudiere is a limited edition Grande Champagne offering. Only 1000 bottles were produced—we love both the decanter and the rounded smoothness on the palate. It’s also got an interesting back story, being so-named after the wood used for the barrels it was aged in: La Peraudiere is a particular part of the Charente region.
It’s XO in quality— delightful to taste, beautiful to behold, and, for what will surely be a collector’s cognac, represents extremely good value for money.
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2. Hennessy Fine de Cognac
Hennessy Fine de Cognac is a youngish blend of eaux-de-vie presented in an attractive decanter. On the nose it offers fresh, vibrant fragrances of lemon and citrus. Part of the tasting experience is the dominance of taste from the Fins Bois cru—the palate boasts notes of dry almonds, spices, and honey. VSOP in quality, and great value for money, this is a truly versatile Cognac. For the price we have to say that it almost demands to be included in the liquor collection of anyone who appreciates fine things.
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3. Leopold Gourmel Bio Attitude (Organic)
Leopold Gourmel Bio Attitude is light, smooth, and truly eco-friendly. It’s a Fins Bois Cognac that’s been created with more than just a nod to environmental consideration. This beautifully smooth offering has had no chemicals used at any stage of the production process—and we’re talking from the soil to your glass. In addition not a single additive taints its purity (such as caramel). This is 21st century Cognac production at it’s best…
We particularly enjoy the way this VSOP dances on the palate before elegantly passing the baton to a combination of flavors. This crescendo is followed by a rather satisfying finish.
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4. ABK6 VSOP Single Estate
From one of our favorite houses, the ABK6 VSOP Single Estate Cognac has deservedly won multiple industry awards. As the name suggests, this little beauty is produced from a single estate, with each eau-de-vie that makes up the blend coming from the Fins Bois terroir. Even though it’s ‘only’ a VSOP, its smooth-rating is off the scale—if you could bottle silk then this is how it would taste…
Discover the intricacies of the ABK6 VSOP Single Estate.
5. Louis XIII by Rémy Martin
A list of smooth Cognacs certainly wouldn’t be complete without including the iconic Louis XIII. Expensive? Yes… But my, my, it really is worth every cent. Thankfully, you don’t have to fork out over $4,000 on a decanter to be able to to try it—because Remy Martin produce a miniature version of the bottle. So even us lesser mortals are able to enjoy this iconic Cognac.
As for the taste? Well, it takes the expression ‘smooth’ to another level entirely, that’s for sure. Even the miniature version comes in a Baccarat crystal decanter, making it the perfect gift for the Cognac aficionado, or a special treat with which to spoil yourself (go on, you know you’re worth it….)
Find out more about the famous Remy Martin Louis XIII Cognac.
6. De Luze Extra
The De Luze Extra could be described as a heavy Cognac—this is solely due to the many years spent languishing to perfection within oak barrels. It boasts a plethora of dark fruits, marrying perfectly to present the drinker with a round smooth taste experience.This blend of Grande and Petite Champagne eaud-de-vie is brought to you in a curvy, contemporary decanter-esque bottle that lends itself perfectly to be displayed on the top of a drinks cabinet.
Find out more about the deliciously fruity De Luze Extra.
7. Martell Chanteloup Perspective
Delightfully presented in what’s become a truly classic bottle, Martell Chanteloup Perspective Extra has, in a few short years, become an iconic member of Martell’s portfolio. The name references the home of Martell’s Chateau de Chanteloup, this Extra quality Cognac brings spicy edge—but nonetheless a perfectly rounded taste. Quite simply, this is the epitome of the word smooth.
Learn more about the wonders of Martell Chanteloup Perspective.
8. La Fontaine de La Pouyade
An amazing Hors d’Age Cognac which we discovered in 2015, La Fontaine de la Pouyade was created purely from Grande Champagne eau-de-vie and released in a strictly limited number of bottles. We’re not the only ones who were impressed, and it didn’t take long before it attracted the attention of the Cognac world and started racking up industry awards. The bottle and presentation case are pretty awesome as well—and the taste certainly lives up to the hype.
Discover more about the wonderful La Fontaine de La Pouyade Cognac.
We hope you like our list? Feel free to comment if you have further ideas—we’d love to discover the Cognacs you think offer the smoothest taste experience.