The term 'VSOP' is generally understood to stand for 'Very Special Old Pale', although the Bureau National Interprofessionnel de Cognac lists the official definition as 'Very Superior Old Pale'. Either way, these cognacs are aged for a minimum of four years and are great in quality cocktails or sipped neat or over ice.
A 20cl quarter bottle of Fine Champagne Cognac from A E Dor, a blend of 8 year old eaux-de-vie from both Petite and Grande Champagne regions. Light and delicate on the palate, yet with impressive flavour intensity, this is a delightful drop.
A Fine Champagne VSOP cognac from the Hine house. H by Hine is a stylish alternative to Remy VSOP with a bit more oomph, but still very mixable for classy cocktails. IWSC 2012 - Silver Outstanding Medal - Cognac
Accounting for one in three bottles of VSOP consumed worldwide, Remy Martin is the benchmark for the VSOP category and is blended from spirits aged from 4 to 12 years. This latest version finishes the cognac in old barrels for a year before bottling. IWSC 2012 - Silver Outstanding Medal - Cognac
An excellent VSOP from a little-known but well-respected house, Tiffon. The producer is owned by the Braasted family who originally migrated to Cognac from Norway in the early 19th century and married into the Tiffon clan.
Louis Royer's VSOP Cognac. Based in the centre of the Cognac region, in the town of Jarnac, they have been producing Cognac for over 150 years. The family have been beekepers throughout the generations, so the bee is the emblem of the company, as it has been since 1853.
An award winning cognac from Meukow, their VSOP is aged for longer than the law requires and is full of fruity flavour. It's also presented in the company's trademark bottle, with a leaping panther moulded on to the glass.
A terrific VSOP from Hine, Rare is classed as Fine Champagne, meaning that the eaux-de-vie used are all from the Grande or Petite Champagne areas, with at least 50% from Grande Champagne. IWSC 2012 - Gold Outstanding Medal - Cognac
A Fine Champagne Cognac from A E Dor, a blend of 8 year old eaux-de-vie from both Petite and Grande Champagne regions. Light and delicate on the palate, yet with impressive flavour intensity, this is a delightful drop.
Winner of the Silver Medal at the Concours Général de Paris in 2007, plus Gold in 2003, as well as another Silver Medal at Concours Cognac in 2006 it proves that the average aging of 10 years for the Eaux-de-Vie that go into this cognac is worthwhile. The grower, Patrick Drouet, describes this Cognac as “in full bloom, with its vanilla aromas”.