They are blended into an excellent cognac defined by its graceful, silky character, highlighting its finely nuanced and harmoniously balanced aromatic qualities.Its superb display of coppery gold colours is an indication of the many years it has spent ageing in old casks.NOSE: On the nose Hennessy Paradis exudes floral notes of dried rose and honeysuckle, underpinned by intense notes of red fruits and spices.COLOR: The eaux-de-vie have been aged only in very old barrels, this giving Hennessy Paradis its amber gold color and hues.PALATE: A graceful, silky texture runs all the way trough to a flavourful and deep, persistent finish. Honey, dried flowers, truffles and soft spices come to the fore in a melting pot of flavours. Delicate notes of cinnamon, cardamom and fruits, give way to perfumes of dried rose petals and sweet briar jam.
The most prestigious cognac in the world.Richard Hennessy is an amazing mix of over 100 of the best eaux-de-vie. Some date back to the early years around 1800.NOSE: Oak, Black pepper, VanillaTASTE: Ripe and juicy, with all kinds of fruit. Various spices and oak are also very popular.PALATE: A very, very, very long and remarkable conclusion that leaves you speechless.
Hennessy Very Special (V.S) is one of the most popular cognacs in the world. Matured in new oak barrels. Hennessy V.S offers toasted and fruit notes, with a rich, clearly defined palate and a welcoming exuberance.Hennessy V.S expresses its vibrant and dynamic personality through unique artist partnerships and annual limited editions. Easy to enjoy, it’s a perfect cognac for high-energy occasions and sharing the moment.The colour is clear and bright, with a beautiful amber hue. The nose reveales the initial notes of fresh toast with roasted almond and brown sugar, followed by a second wave of more subtle fine vine fruit aromas. The creamy palate is rounded off by vanilla and fresh, floral finish.
The fruit of nature’s uncertainties, this unique blend has tamed the elements to craft and embody the original concept of cognac. The emotion awakened by the pleasure of tasting it continually reveals new facets of its personality.The cognac's colour is of a flamboyant mahogany with light tones. The nose releases mature notes, evoking the aroma of fresh fruit. The sensation of a full body deepens with the flavors of juicy fruit, vanilla, spices and mild tobacco.
Tasting Committee has explored every facet of the blend and identified several emotions that were assimilated to an Odyssey through 7 chapters: Sweet Notes: The palate is warmly embraced by flavors of candied fruit.Rising Heat: The intriguing sensation of an intense, rising heat slowly reveals the complex taste of eaux-de-vie patiently aged in oak barrels.Spicy Edge: Perception of a strong spicy cognac note, tantalising the lips and palate with its distinct peppery flavor intertwined with a hint of chocolate.Flowing Flame: A wave of warmth grows, crests and then breaks. A robust presence, full and voluptuous, is felt.Chocolate Lull: There is the gradual discovery of something very familiar. It is the well-rounded flavor of a rich, dark chocolate.Wood Crunches: A striking sensation is suddenly felt – the vigorous ebb and flow of oak notes interlaced with vanilla.Infinite Echo: The evanescent oak notes leave a long, omnipresent finish in their wake. Seemingly endless, it echoes all of the subtleties of each taste and sensation that has preceded it.
Colour: Golden amber with dark copper and mahogany highlights.Nose: A piquant, spicy sensation with notes of black and pink pepper and coriander, rounded out by rich aromas of fig, walnut and sandalwood.Taste: Intense notes of fig, red fruit and blackcurrant bud give full expression to the power and finesse of eaux-de-vie from Grande Champagne, leading into an exceptionally long and robust finish.
A supreme demonstration of the Martell art of blending, Chanteloup XXO represents the culmination of the Cellar Master's savoir-faire - a unique legacy transmitted through nine generations.Finished in a dedicated cellar on the Chateau de Chanteloup estate, this exceptional cognac is blended from up to 450 old eaux-de-vie drawn from the four most prestigious cognac crus: Grande Champagne, Petite Champagne, Borderies and Fins Bois.The virtuosity with which the Cellar Master blends these precious eauxdevie, so their different characteristics enrich and enhance each other, gives Chanteloup XXO its singular combination of harmony and complexity.
Cognac Martell Cordon Bleu is an international emblem of excellence. Ideal for special occasions, the taste of this French cognac is an explosion of spicy fruit notes and elegant richness. Colour: Deep, golden copper. Nose: Vibrant, rich and complex, with orchard fruit – candied plum and apple – harmonising with roasted notes of mocha coffee, toasted almonds and vetiver. Taste: An exceptionally rounded, mellow sensation further enhanced by Borderies eaux-de-vie, which lend elegance and complexity. An impressively long finish characterised by notes of fruit and spices.
Remarkably smooth and fruity, Martell VS is perfect to be enjoyed in cocktails. Distilled from clear wines, this cognac offers a richer aromatic experience. Colour: Rich, clear gold.Aroma: Intense aromas of plum, apricot and candied lemon. Taste: Intense fruit aromas and a remarkable sense of smoothness on the palate.
Martell VSOP is an authentic expression of the Martell style. The House perpetuates an uncompromising savoir-faire by ageing its eaux-de-vie exclusively in barrels of fine-grained oak. This specificity encourages the development of refined aromas, exemplified by the lusciously fruity notes of Martell VSOP. Colour: Warm copper with glints of gold.Aroma: Intense aromas of ripe yellow fruits: mirabelle plum, greengage, apricot and vine peach. Taste: An elegant and perfectly balanced cognac. Luscious fruit notes. Hints of wood and soft spices.
Dominant notes of vanilla due to longer ageing in French Limousine oak barrels.Followed by ripe apricot, baked apple and elegant floral notes.A perfect harmony between the strength of ripe fruit and subtle notes of liquorice; offering a great complexity of elegant and powerful aromas.
Nose: Fruity with dates and peels, honey and a little marmalade, overripe grape and warm pastries.Palate: Spicy with warm pastries, overripe grape, fruits, spices, warm pastries and orange peel.Finish: Long with spices, fruits and peels.
NOSEfloral and spicy with notes of narcissus and liquoricePALATEFruity with notes of vanilla, dried and candied fruitsBACKGROUNDsweet notes of caramel, almond and cinnamon
Sommelier Majda Debevc says that in Slovenia, cognac is drunk by two types of people: those who would like to be noticed but don’t even know what cognac is, and those who are simply hedonists. Which group do you belong to?
Cognac, brandy and vinjak: do you know the difference?
All three terms refer to spirits that are made very similarly – they are wine distillates aged in barrels, which gives them their colour and flavour.
Cognac as a type of drink is in English denoted by the word brandy. This type of drink can be produced from grapes or other fruit, but in the case of cognac, of course, it is a grape-based spirit. So every cognac is brandy, but not every brandy is cognac. In Slovenian, we know another, absolutely wonderful word for the drink we are talking about today – vinjak (wine brandy).
As you surely know, brandy can only be decorated with the noble title of cognac if it is produced in a specific geographical area. This is the French department of Charente, an area that includes six sub-regions with predominantly white grapes. As these could not compare to the grapes from the famous Bordeaux in terms of quality, the winemakers of Charente started to distil their product instead. Soon they discovered that the flavour of the distillate can be further refined by the maturation in oak barrels.
The name “cognac” is therefore reserved for brandies originating from the French province of Cognac. Because the name is protected, its production is strictly regulated.
Ageing of cognac – is it important?
The age of cognac is its most important characteristic, and the ageing only takes place in the barrel. Once the cognac is bottled, the ageing process stops. What does that mean? If the cognac is 10 years old when poured from the barrel into the bottle, it will retain this age, even if it is kept in the bottle for another 10 years.
It is the wood that imbues cognac with its rich aroma and colour. The older the cognac, the more refined it is. This is why it is crucial to use good-quality oak to make the barrels.
Cognac age designations
There are three official age categories:
V.S. or “Very Special” indicates that the cognac has been aged for at least 2 years.
V.S.O.P. (“Very Superior Old Pale” or Reserve) indicates a cognac aged in an oak barrel for at least 4 years. However, note that this age refers to the age of the youngest component in the bottle. Cognac marked V.S.O.P. may contain components that are much older than the said four years.
X.O. (Napoleon, Old Reserve): X.O. is short for Extra Old. These cognacs are aged for at least 10 years.
Why is cognac so expensive?
It takes as much as nine litres of quality wine to produce one litre of cognac. In addition, during the long maturation, four percent of the distillate evaporates from the barrel every year. We call this the angels’ share. But this is not the only cost that contributes to the price; the costs must also include the time required for its ageing. And this is why cognac is so expensive.
What are the proper glasses for cognac?
Purists are of the opinion that there are only two types of glasses that should be used for drinking cognac if you want to savour it to the full. The first are tulip-shaped glasses. Their shape provides enough surface area for the liquid, while the tapered top directs the full power of the bouquet towards the nose. You can also use the balloon-shaped snifter, which is primarily intended for brandy, but is also more commonly used for cognac.
You can spend the whole evening with a glass of cognac. Cognac is drunk almost literally drop by drop – you have to take time to savour it.
At what temperature should cognac be stored?
Cognac should be stored at 20 degrees Celsius.
How long can you keep an open bottle of cognac?
Use an open bottle of cognac in about six months. You can transfer it into a smaller bottle, as this will keep the exposure to air to a minimum and thus preserve its quality as much as possible. You can keep an open cognac at room temperature, but the temperature should be more or less constant all the time.