Meukow is the brand with the jumping panther – and the VSOP is often available in stores and shops.
Now, the Meukow XO Grande Champagne XO is a round Cognac, of course, because it is a XO. Some people think that the Meukow XO is better than comparalbe eaux-de-vie from the big cognac houses such as Remy Martin, Hennessy, Martell and Courvoisier.
Here are some basic tasting notes of Meukow XO Grande Champagne:
The color: golden copper, amber hue
On the nose: some fleures, hints of spice notes, quite complex
The taste: round and balanced aroma, some sweet vanilla and fresh fruits (pear, orange, and apricot notes)
The finish: very long and smooth dans la bouche
The cru (zone): This Cognac is a 100% Grande Champagne eau-de-vie
The price: is about $120
Meukow Cognac has a highly interesting history: In 1862, brothers Christophe and Gustave Meukow (from Silesia) were sent by Tsar Alexander II. to Charente to provide the Russian court with Cognac brandy. So they founded a trading company.
Meukow seems to be the fifth largest Cognac house in the world. Since 1969 Meukow is part of Compagnie de Guyenne, a cooperation in family hand.