The term 'VS' is short for 'Very Special' and refers to blends of Cognac where the youngest spirit is aged a minimum of two years. VS cognacs are fresh, lively and vibrant, making them great with mixers or in cocktails.
A well rounded and floral VS cognac from Louis Royer. Blended using a proportion of very old eaux-de-vies to give an elegant and complex brandy that is great either as a digestif or pre-prandial aperitif.
A great looking and tasting VS cognac from Meukow, presented in a beautiful bottle complete with black glass panther. Two brothers, Auguste-Christophe and Gustave Meukow, were sent to France by Tsar Alexander II in order to supply the Russian Royal court with Cognacs and set up their house in 1862.
A litre bottle of Hennessy's VS Collector's Edition. The rather bright label was designed by New York-based artist Brian Donnelly (aka KAWS). The Cognac itself is a blend of around 40 different 'eaux de vie' aged for 2-5 years and is one of the world's best selling cognacs.
A 1960s bottling of E. Normandin cognac, designated as a 3 star, today known as VS. The house was founded in 1755, but merged with other Cognac houses in the mid 20th century to form GEMACO, which today is owned by Marie Brizard.
A 1950s bottling of Courvoisier's 3 star cognac. The bottle carries a label stating Courvoisier were the 'Purveyors of Cognac Brandy to the late King George VI' (who died in 1952) which has helped to date the bottle.
An old bottling of 3 star (now known as VS) Cognac from Lucien Foucauld. The house was founded back in 1847 and only uses the Ugni Blanc grape as the base for their Cognacs. We estimate this was bottled in the 1920s.