The Otard VSOP Fine Champagne consists of eaux-de-vie of the Grande and Petite Champagne – the combination is known as Fine Champagne. The blend consists of at least 50% of the Grande Champagne zone.
The tasting notes of the Otard VSOP Fine Champagne are:
The color: golden
On the nose: floral notes, tobacco, spices and slight vanilla, that returns “dans la bouche”
The taste: not as agressive as the nose, vanilla still present. Pretty complex for a VSOP.
The finisher: the taste is long and balanced, low notes of spice and vanilla are present
The areas: Grande Champagne and Petite Champagne.
The age: At least 8 year old eaux-de-vie, blended with maximum 10 year old Cognac.
The price: about $40
Quite a good price/value ratio.
In 1968, Otard created the original bottle. The design is inspired by the Cognac itself: When cognac is swirled in a snifter, to let the aromas work, there is a fine film which slowly runs down the glass – called “weeping”. Those “tears” apparently inspired the form and design of the Otard bottle.
The house of Otard was founded in 1795 by Jean-Baptiste Antoine Otard.