As you know we love lists, just because it clears one’s mind and just because we love to arrange things. It’s like cleaning your flat: afterwards everything is in the right place. So we’ve done quite a few over the years, e.g. a List of Ten 100% Grande Champagne Cognacs or a List with the 10 Best XO Cognacs, not to mention all the lists that clear everybodys mind like a list of Top 10 Cognac misunderstandings.
For the end of 2013 and the beginning of 2014 we thought about something special, and we came up with – drumroll – a list of 10 artisanal XO cognacs of mostly small and mid cognac houses. As ususal: this is totally subjective. If you have different opinion please feel free and comment below. Anyway, let’s say “Cheers!” to the upcoming holidays with this new list of 10 artisanal XO Cognacs.
A very old cognac, produced exclusively from eaux-de-vie coming from XVth century vineyards, situated in the heart of the Saintonge region. Grape varieties used for this cognac are: Folles Blanches, Colombards, Montils. The ageing takes place in Limousine and Tronçais oak barrels in the Chateau’s stone walled cellars, over 25 years aged in the cask and bottle at the Chateau. Price: $ 190. Read more about or buy Chateau de Beaulon XO Collection Cognac
2. XO Grand Cru Francois Voyer Cognac
As the name suggests this is a 100% Grande Champagne XO. It is aged for three years in younger casks, afterwards in older barrels in a humid cellar of the traditional cognac house of Voyer. Price: $ 94. Read more about or buy XO Grand Cru Francois Voyer Cognac
3. Prunier XO Très Vieille Grande Champagne Cognac
Another great 100% Grande Champagne XO cognac. This blend consists of cognacs that are aged for an average of 45 years. Price: $ 170. Read more about or buy Prunier XO Très Vieille Grande Champagne Cognac
4. Brillet Très Vieille Réserve Cognac
This is an XO Cognac par excellence – aged for about 20 years in oak barrels, and another 100% Grande Champagne cognac. Price: $ 117. Read more about or buy Brillet Très Vieille Réserve Cognac
5. Chabasse XO Cognac
The Chabasse XO Cognac, aged at least for 6 years in oak barrels, comes in a really beautiful packaging. Price: $ 155. Read more about or buy Chabasse XO Cognac
6. Leyrat XO Elite Cognac
The Leyrat XO Elite Cognac is a Fins Bois Cru cognac. Price: $ 184. Read more about or buy Leyrat XO Elite Cognac
7. Tesseron Lot N° 76 Tradition Carafe Cognac
This XO is a blend of Tesseron’s best Grande Champagne eaux-de-vie. It aged more than a generation in Limousin oak casks, the colour is clear and pale. Price: $ 176. Read more about or buy Tesseron Lot N° 76 Tradition Carafe Cognac
8. Bernard Boutinet XO Decanter Cognac
One of our favorite producers! Boutinet is one of the hidden champions of the cognac producers. This one is a Fins Boix XO Cognac, known among connaisseurs. Price: $ 103. Read more about or buy Bernard Boutinet XO Decanter Cognac
9. Couprie XO Carafe Elégance Cognac
This XO already won several awards, including Saveurs de Poitou Charentes Saveurs de Bronze 2004. It is an amber-coloured old cognac and has a complex range of aromas, particularly hints of honey and vanilla. Price: $ 157. Read more about or buy Couprie XO Carafe Elégance Cognac
10. Bowen XO Cognac
We hoped you liked our list! Anything to add to this? Probably.