List of all bottles I have tasted so far:

In my cabinet are (open or closed):

AE Dor – Albane, grande champagne
Bache-Gabrielsen – Vintage 1971 Borderies
Bache-Gabrielsen – Vintage 1988 Fins Bois
Bache-Gabrielsen – Très Vieux, grande champagne
Bouju – Très Vieux Brut de Fût 50%, grande champagne
Chainier – Très Vieille Réserve, petite champagne
Chateau Guynot – Napoléon Héritage, fins bois
Chateau Montifaud – 150th Anniversary, petite champagne

Fillioux – Réserve Familiale Tres Vieille, grande champagne
Fillioux – Vintage 1965, grande champagne
Forgeron – Vieille Réserve, grande champagne
Forgeron – Réserve Spécial Folle Blanche 2005, grande champagne

Gauthier, Bernard – XO, grande champagne
Giraud, Paul – Très Rare Grande Champagne

La Grange du Bois – Vieux (XO), petite champagne
La Grange du Bois – Extra, petite champagne
Grateaud – Hors d’Age, borderies
Guillon-Painturaud – Vieille Réserve, grande champagne

Landry (Domaine de Beaulieu) – Hors d’Age, petite champagne
Laurent Merlin – Hors Pair, petite champagne
Lebecq – Exigence van Delaunay, grande champagne
Logis de Montifaud – 1995, grande champagne

Logis de Montifaud – Vieille Réserve, grande champagne
Maxime Trijol – Édition Limité, Colombard
Maxime Trijol – vintage 1975 FB, fins bois
Ménard – XO, grande champagne
Ménard – Ancestrale, grande champagne
Méry – Melrose, XO, grande champagne
Navarre – Vieille Réserve, grande champagne
Navarre – Cravache d’Or, grande champagne
Peyrot – Héritage, grande champagne
Pierre de Segonzac – XO Selection des Anges, Grande Champagne
Pasquet – Très Vieille Réserve
Ragnaud-Sabourin – no 35 Fontvieille, grande champagne
Ragnaud-Sabourin – Florilège, grande champagne
Raymond Ragnaud – vintage 1988, grande champagne
Raymond Ragnaud – vintage 1991, grande champagne
René Rivière (Héritage) – Réserve de la Famille, borderies
René Rivière (Héritage) – Vénérable Borderies
Sarrazin – Extra Old, fins bois
Sarrazin – Hors d’Age, fins bois
Saunier – Hors d’Age, grande champagne
Serplet – XO, grande champagne
Serplet – Hors d’Age, grande champagne
Vallein-Tercinier – Lot no.75, Très Vieux Brut de Fût (47%), fins bois
Vallein-Tercinier – Lot no.89, Très Vieux Brut de Fût (48.5%), fins bois

Already emptied bottles:

AE Dor – XO Opera (old reserve), grande Champagne (9)
AE Dor – Napoléon (opera-serie)
AE Dor – Legend (opera-serie)
Aubineau – n.a. (1952)
Audry – memorial, fine champagne (10)
Audry – XO, fine champagne
Bache-Gabrielsen – Hors d’Age, grande champagne
Bache-Gabrielsen – 1971 Vintage, borderies (10)
Bache-Gabrielsen – Solène Tres Vieux, grande champagne
Bache-Gabrielsen – Très Vieux
Baron de l’If – Très Vieille Réserve Familiale
Bel Ange – Extra Paradisiaque, 44%, Fine Petite Champ 5 cl. (9)
Berry Brothers & Rudd – XO, Grande Champagne (Frapin)
Blanchet – XO, blend
Bouju – Napoleon, grande champagne
Bouju – XO, Grande Champagne
Bouju – Extra, Grande Champagne
Bourgoin – 22 ans, Fins Bois
Bouron – Héritage, blend
Boutinet (Pierre) – Extra, Fins Bois
Camus – XO Borderies (9)
Charbonneau – VSOP Borderies
Chateau de Beaulon – 7 ans, Fins Bois, Folle Blanche
Chateau de Beaulon – 12 ans, Fins Bois, Folle Blanche, Montils, Colombard
Chateau de Beaulon – XO Napoleon 20 years, Fins Bois (9)
Chateau de Beaulon – XO 1971 vintage, single estate, Fins Bois (10)
Chateau de Beaulon Très Vieille Réserve Du Chateau, 1976 vintage, single estate Montils, Colombard, Folle Blanche (10)
Chez Bacou – XO, grande champagne
Chateau Montifaud – XO, petite champagne
Chateau Montifaud – 10 YO, Grande champagne
Couprie – Hors d’Age, grande champagne (9)
Davidoff – XO, Blend
Delamain – XO Pale & Dry, Grande Champagne
Delamain – XO Christmas, Grande Champagne
Delamain – Très Vénerable, Grande Champagne
Delamain – Vesper, Grande Champagne (10)
Delaunay, M – L’exigence, extra vieux (blend of 1948, 1965 and 1968), Grande Champagne (9)
De Montleau – Impérial Hors d’Age
Denis Mounié, Edouard VII, Grande Reserve, Très Rare Fine Champagne (9)
Dhiersat, XO, fins bois
Domaine des Brissons de Laage (Bertrand) – Napoléon, Petite Champagne
Drouet – Paradis de Famille, grande champagne
Dubreuil, Très Vieux, grande champagne
Dudognon – Reserve des Ancetres
Dupuy – Vintage 1971 borderies
Dupuy – Vintage 1988 Fins Bois

Font Borne – Héritage, grande champagne
Forgeron, Michel – Vieille Réserve, grande champ
François Peyrot – XO, grande champagne
François Peyrot – Héritage, grande champagne
Frapin – Secret Treasures 1990 (12 ans), Grande Champagne, single cask
Frapin – Chateau de Fontpinot – Vieille Réserve du Chateau, Grande Champagne (10)
Frapin – Millésimé 1988, Grande Champagne
Frapin – Secret Treasures 12 Ans, Grande Champagne (9)
Frapin – Vieille Grande Fine Champagne (10)
Frapin – VS, Grande Champagne
Frapin – XO V.I.P., Grande Champagne
Gauthier, Bernard – XO, grande champagne
Geffard – Très Vieille Réserve, grande champagne
Giboin, XO Borderies
Giboin – Hermitage, borderies (9)

Giraud, Paul – Très Rare Grande Champagne (9)
Godet – Reserve de la Famille, Grande Champagne Ambleville, 350 ml (8)
Godet – Reserve de la Famille, Grande Champagne Extra Vieille, 350 ml (8)
Godet – Reserve de la Famille, Vieilles Borderies, 350 ml (8)
Gourmel, Age du Fruit, Fins Bois
Gourmel, Age des Fleurs, Fins Bois
Gourmel – Age des Épices, Fins Bois
Goyon – XO, Petite Champagne (8)
Goyon – Vieille Réserve, petite champagne
Grosperrin, 1976, 25 ans, Petite Champagne
Grosperrin, 1975, Bons Bois
Grosperrin – XO, Fine Champagne
Guillon-Painturaud – Hors d’Age (30 jaar), Grande Champagne
Guy de Bersac – 12 Ans, Grande Champagne
Guy de Bersac – XO, Grande Champage
Gyl Richard – XO, petite champagne
Hardy – Réserve de la Famille, Grande Champagne
Hardy – Noces d’Or, Grande Champagne (9)
Hennessy – Izambard
Hennessy – XO
Hine – Antique, Fine Champagne (9)
Hine – Antique, Grande Champagne (9)
Hine – Homage, Fine Champagne, 1984-1986-1987 (9)
Hivert-Pellevoisin – Louise Hivert XO
Jacques Estève – Hors d’Age Très Vieille Petite Fine Champagne (9)
Jacques Estève – Très Vieux Cognac de la Proprieté, Petite Champagne
Jean Fillioux – Très Vieux, Grande Champagne
La Grange du Bois – Vieux Cognac, Fins Bois
Landier – XO, fins bois

Landreau – Hors d’Age
Lascaux – XO, grande champagne
Laurent Merlin – Hors Pair, Petite Champagne (9)
Lavoisier – Napoleon, grande champagne
Lecat – Mémoires, Fins Bois
Leyrat – XO Elite, fins bois

Lhéraud – XO Charles VII, petite champagne
Logis de Montifaud – XO, Grande Champagne
Louis Royer – Cognac Rare, Borderies
Louis Royer – Très Vieux, Petite Champagne
Louis Royer – Vieux Cognac, Fins Bois
Louis Royer – Très Vieux Cognac, Grande Champagne
Marett – XO
Martell – XO Suprème
Martell – Cordon Bleu (10)
Martell – Cordon Rubis
Martinaud – Vieille Réserve, Fine Champagne
Maxime Trijol – Extra, blend
Meukow – XO (9)
Méry – XO, Grande Fine Champagne
Navarre – Vieille Réserve, Grande Champagne
Normandin-Mercier – La Péraudière, Grande Champagne
Painturaud – XO, Grande Champagne
Painturaud – Hors d’Age, Grande Champagne
Park – Chai no.8, Petite Champagne
Pasquet – Nostalgie
Paul Beau – Hors d’Age, Très Vieille Grande Champagne
Paul Beau – Extra Vieille, Borderies
Paul Landreau, Vieille Réserve, grande champagne

Petit, André – XO Tres Rare Extra, blend (9)
Prunier – Borderies, Spécial Réserve 50 cl
Prunier – XO Très Vieille Grande Champagne (8)
Raby – Extra, grande champagne (8)
Ragnaud Marcel, Grande Réserve Fontvieille, Grande Champagne (9)
Ragnaud Marcel, Fontvieille No. 35, Grande Champagne
Raymond Ragnaud – Réserve, grande champagne (5cl)

Ragnaud Sabourin – Marcel Ragnaud, Réserve Spéciale, Grande Champage
Ragnaud-Sabourin – Florilège, Grande Champagne (10)
Ragnaud-Sabourin – Fontvieille no. 35
Raymond Desse – Héritage, Grande Champagne
Raymond Ragnaud – Grande Réserve, Grande Champagne
Raymond Ragnaud – Selection, Grande Champagne
Rémy Martin – Coeur de Cognac, Fine Champagne
Rémy Martin – Club, Fine Champagne
Rémy Martin – XO Excellence, Fine Champagne
Roullet – Très Vieille, Fins bois
Sarrazin – Extra Old, fins bois
Saunier – Excellence Hors d’Age, grande champagne
Tesseron – XO Collection, Lot no 29, grande champagne (miniatuur)
Tesseron – XO Tradition, Lot no 53, grande champagne (miniatuur)
Tesseron – XO Perfection, Lot no 76, grande champagne (miniatuur)
Tesseron – XO Exception, Lot no 90, blend (grande champagne, petite champagne, fins bois) (miniatuur)
Testaud – Réserve d’Antan, Grande fine champ
Testaud – Vieille Réserve, blend
Tourny – Hors d’Age, borderies
Trijol – Cépage Colombard Édition Limité, grande champagne
Vallein Tercinier – Hors d’Age, blend
Vallein Tercinier – très Vieux Fins Bois (10)
Voyer – XO Gold, Grande Champagne
Voyer – Extra, grande champagne

Tasted in tastings or other events:

ABK6 – Rare XO, petite champagne and fins bois (Oct 2019)
ABK6 – XO Renaissannce, petite champagne and fins bois (Oct 2019)
ABK6 – Vintage 1985, petite champagne and fins bois (Oct 2019)
AE Dor – Vintage 1811, Roi de Rome, Très Vieille (Jan 2012; 10++)
AE Dor – Vintage 1834, Prince Albert, vieille fine champagne (Jan 2012; 10)
AE Dor – Vintage 1840, Louis Philippe, vieille fine champagne (Jan 2012; 10)
AE Dor – Vintage 1895 (Jan 2012; 10)
AE Dor – Vintage 1923, grande champagne (Jan 2012; 10)
Albert Jarreaud – 1852 (Jan 2012;10)
Audry – Napoléon, fine champagne (Mrt 2015)
Audry – Aristide, fine champagne (Mrt 2011; 10)
Augier – Singulier, folle blanche fine champagne (Oct 2019)
Augier – Sauvage, petite champagne (Oct 2019)
Balluet – Napoléon (40 years old) fins bois (Nov 2017)
Blanleuil – XO Spécial, grande champagne (Sep 2014)
Bouju – Sélection Spécial, grande champagne (Mrt 2011)
Bouju – Flamme d’Or, grande champagne (Sep 2014)
Bouju – Royal Brut de Fût 60%, grande champagne (Nov 2017)
Bouron – Très Vieille Réserve (May 2019)
Bouron – Sublime (140 years old, blend (Jun 2018; 10+)
Brillet – Très Vielle XO, grande champagne (Nov 2010)
Broussault – Réserve des Pyramids (150 years old) (Apr 2011)
Camus – Port cask finnish (May 2019)
Camus Extra 48.8 angels share (Apr 2019)
Chainier – Très Vieille Réserve, petite champagne (May 2016)
Chateau de Beaulon – Vintage 1975 XO foll banche-montils-colombard, fins bois (2001; 9)
Chateau de Beaulon – Vintage 1983 Très Vieille Réserve du Chateau, g.c. foll banche-montils-colombard (Apr 2011; 10)
Chateau de Montifaud – XO Silver, petite champagne (May 2016)
Chateau de Montifaud – Héritage Louis Vallet, petite champagne (Jul 2013)
Chateau de Montifaud – Extra, petite champagne (Sep 2014)
Chateau de Montifaud – 1985 H&H Sélection Expo, petite champagne (Apr 2019)
Chollet – 1967 petite champagne (Apr 2019)
Choloux – Grande Réserve, bons bois (May 2018)
Comandon – XO, blend (Nov 2013)
Conte & Filles – Héritage, petite champagne (Oct 2019)
Courvoisier – Napoléon, fine champagne (May 2011)
Courvoisier – XO Impérial, blend (Nov 2010)
Courvoisier – Initiale Extra (Apr 2019)
Croizet – Vintage 1928 Grande Réserve (June 2012, Dec 2012)
Croizet – 50 ans (Jan 2012; 9)
Deau – vintage 1999 47%, blend (Apr 2019)
Deau – La Vie en Or (Apr 2019)
Deau – Louis Memory (Oct 2019; 9)
Delamain – Vintage 1960, grande champagne ((1994; 10)
Delamain – Vintage 1963, grande champagne (Jul 1963; 9)
Delamain – Single Vineyard Ségonzac, grande champagne (May 2018; 9)
Denis Mounié – Gold Leaf, blend (Dec 2017)
Denis Mounié – XO Napoléon, blend (Dec 2017; 9)
Denis Mounié – Edouard VII, grande champagne (Nov 2014)
Denis Mounié – Vintage 1961, grande champagne (B 1975) (Nov 2018)
Domaine des Brissons – 12 ans, borderies (May 2011)
Domaine des Brissons – Napoléon, petite champagne (Dec 2015)
Drouet – Fine Melina, grande champagne (Nov 2011)
Dumergue – Hors d’Age, fins bois (Nov 2017)
Egretaux – XO, fins bois (Dec 2015)
Estève – Sélection Coup de Coeur, fins bois (Nov 2013; 9)
Estève – Très Vieux Cognac de la Propriété, petite champagne (Mar 2015)
Fillioux – Trough the Grapevine cask 75, grande champagne (May 2018)
Fourcade – VSOP, bons bois (Jun 2012)
Fradon – VSOP, petite champagne (Mar 2015)
Frapin – Extra Réserve Patrimoniale, grande champagne (Jul 2013)
Frapin – Très Vieille (1910s bottling) (Oct 2019; 10)
Frapin – 1848 vintage (Jan 2012; 10)
Frapin – 1988 25 years old (Apr 2019)
Frapin – 1991 20 years old (Apr 2019)
Fussigny – XO, fine champagne (Oct 2019)
Gauthier – XO Extra, grande champagne (Nov 2018)
Gautier – XO Extra, blend (Nov 2011)
Gautier – XO 1755 (= Extra) (Jun 2012)
Giraud – Napoléon, grande champagne (Sep 2014)
Giraud – 1999, grande champagne (Apr 2019; 9)
Godet – Antarctica (Dec 2011)
Gourmel – Quintessence 30 carats, fins bois (Jul 2013; 9)
Gousseland – XO, bons bois (Dec 2015)
Goyon – XO, petite champagne (Mar 2015)
Goyon – Vieille Réserve, petite champagne (Nov 2018; 9)
Grand Breuil – XO, fine champagne (May 2011)
Grosperrin – VSOP 41%, petite champagne (May 2012)
Grosperrin – 1990 46.5% (May 2012)
Grosperrin – Isle d’Oléron, bois ordinaires (May 2012)
Grosperrin – 1982 50%, fins bois (May 2012)
Grosperrin – 1979 49.7%, bons bois (May 2012)
Grosperrin – 20 ans 58.4%, borderies (May 2012)
Grosperrin – XO 42.5%, fine champagne (May 2012)
Grosperrin – 1988 grande champagne (Apr 2019)
Hardy – Noces d’Or, grande champagne (Jul 2013; 10)
Hennessy – Reserve VSOP, blend (Nove 2017)
Hennessy – Paradis, blend (Sep 2009; 10)
Hennessy – Paradis Impérial, blend (Sep 2009; 10)
Hennessy – Richard, blend (Sep 2009; 10)
Josepg Guy – XO, blend (Jun 2012)
Jules Duret – Lot 24, grande champagne (B 1896) folle blanche (Nov 2011; 10)
Lasdoux – XO, petite champagne (May 2016)
Logis de la Mothe, Fine grande champagne (May 2018)
Logis de Montifaud – XO Extra 1968, grande champagne (Nov 2013; 9)
Logis de Montifaud – XO, grande champagne (May 2015; 9)
Louis Royer – bons bois (Apr 2011)
Louis Royer – VSOP, fine champagne (Nov 2010)
Madesclaire – Vieux 1936 38/40 (Nov 2014)
MCT (Maison Coquard Thomas) – XO (May 2019)
Marcadier-Barbot – XO, grande champagne (Nov 2014)
Marcadier-Barbot – Hors d’Age, grande champagne (May 2016)
Marquis C. de Genet – Premier Empire 1809 folle blanche, grande champagne (Nov 2011; 10)
Martell – three stars (1980s bottle), blend (Dec 2017)
Martell – three stars (1970s bottle), blend (Dec 2017)
Martell – three stars (1960s bottle), blend (Dec 2017)
Martell – Cordon Rubis, blend (1995)
Martell – Noblige (May 2019)
Menard – Ancestral, grande champagne (Nov 2018)
Meukow – XO, grande champagne (Nov 2013)
Moine Frères – Hors d’Age (1975-77-79-90) (Apr 2019)
Monnet – three stars (1950s bottle), (Nov 2018)
Mortier – Gérant de Lafitte Rothschild 1878 folle blanche, grande champagne (Nov 2011; 10)
Motard – XO, bons bois (Nov 2013)
Moullon – grande champagne (Apr 2014)
Naud – Extra, blend (Oct 2019; 10)
Ordonneau – Extra, borderies (Oct 2019)
Ordonneau – Très Vieille Réserve (May 2019)
Otard – three stars (1950s) (May 2019, Oct 2019)
Otard – XO, blend (Nov 2011)
Otard – Réserve, blend (Nov 2010)
Otard – Extra 1795, blend (Jul 2013; 9)
Paul Beau – VSOP grande champagne (Dec 2015)
Painturaud – Génerations (Apr 2019)
Park – borderies (May 2011)
Park – Mizunara, borderies (May 2018)
Park – Mizunara, 10 year old borderies (Oct 2019)
Park – Mizunara, 12 year old borderies, single cask limited edition (Oct 2019)
Park – XO Extra, grande champagne (Mrt 2013, Oct 2019; 9)
Pasquet – Tradition Familiale, fine champagne (Apr 2011)
Pasquet – XO, grande champagne (Nov 2014)
Patrick Bisseuil – Très Vieux (Nov 2018)
Pellevoisin (Hivert) – 1840 folle blanche, grande champagne (Nov 2011; 10)
Philippe de Castaigne – Réserve Ancienne, fins bois (Nov 2013)
Philippe de Castaigne – Extra Vieux, grande champagne (Nov 2013)
Pierre de Segonzac – XO Sélection des Anges, grande champagne (Dec 2015)
Pierre de Segonzac – Ancestrale, grande champagne (Nov 2017; 9)
Pierre Ferrand – Abel, grande champagne (Nov 2011)
Pierre Ferrand – Réserve, grande champagne (Jun 2012)
Pinard – XO biologique, fins bois (Nov 2017)
Pouilloux – XO, petite champagne (Dec 2015)
Prunier – Axel Gay, grande champagne (Apr 2011)
Prunier – 20 ans, fins bois (Dec 2010)
Raby – XO, grande champagne (Dec 2015)
Raby – Extra, grande champagne (Dec 2015; 9)
Ragnaud (Raymond) – Millésimé 1988, grande champagne (May 2016)
Ragnaud (Raymond) – folle blanche (Jun 2012)
Ragnaud Sabourin – Alliance no. 20, grande champagne (May 2016)
Rémy Martin – VSOP MCF, blend (Jun 2012)
Rémy Martin – XO fine champagne (Oct 2019)
Rémy Martin – 1988 grande champagne, 20 years old (Apr 2019; 10)
Rémy Martin Age Inconnu, grande champagne (Dec 2017; 10)
Rémy Martin – Louis XIII, grande champagne (Jun 2017)
Renault – Carte d’Argent (Nov 2018)
Renault – XO (Apr 2019)
Renault – Extra Old 180 (Apr 2019)
Reviseur – XO, petite champagne (Oct 2019)
Reviseur – XO Platinum, petite champagne (Oct 2019)
Reviseur – Origin, petite champagne (Oct 2019; 9)
Roullet & Fils – 1993, fins bois (Nov 2018; 9)
Roullet & Fils – Hors d’Age, fins bois (Nov 2013)
Roy (Domaine) – Age d’Or, grande champagne (Sep 2014)
Salignac – 1865 (Jan 2012; 9)
Sarrazin – 1966 fins bois (Apr 2019)
Serplet – XO, grande champagne (May 2018; 9)
Serplet – Hors d’Age, grande champagne (Nov 2018)
Tanguidé – XO, petite champagne (May 2018)
Tessendier – fins bois distilled in 1960s (May 2019; 9)
Thorin – XO, grande champagne (Sep 2014; Dec 2015)
Thorin – XO 1996 folle blanche (Mrt 2015)
Tiffon – ca. 80 years old, grande champagne (May 2019; 9)
Tiffon – Chateau de Triac reserve de la famille, grande champagne (May 2016)
Trijol – XO, grande champagne (Nov 2010; 9)
Trijol – XO 1990, grande champagne (Mrt 2015)
Trijol – 1970, fins bois (Nov 2014; Dec 2015; 9)
Vallein-Tercinier – XO, fine champagne (Apr 2016)
Vallein-Tercinier – Hors d’Age 42%, petite and grande champagne (Apr 2016)
Vallein-Tercinier Lot 90 51%, grande champagne (Apr 2016)
Vallein-Tercinier L’Erotique 69 47%, grande champagne (Apr 2016; 9)
Vallein-Tercinier Rue 34 42%, grande champagne (2017; 10)
Vallein-Tercinier XO, Lot 66 51%, petite champagne (Apr 2016; 9)
Vallein-Tercinier XO, Très Vieux Fins Bois 47.2% (Apr 2016; 10)
Voyer – Extra, grande champagne (Dec 2015; 10)

 


Comments

My Bottles list — 9 Comments

  1. Hello,
    I was wondering if anyone knew the price or where to get a bottle of Jean Claude Roy, Premier Cru Du Cognac, Flamme Del Homandie, 70cl.

    I am asking on behalf of a friend, many thanks for any information.

  2. Hello, you have a great and extremely useful website, thank you for this!
    Regarding this lists – I do not see any common brands and ages like Martell Medaillon, Remy Martin VSOP etc.
    I reckon – sure you did tasted them just didn’t include the common items in your list, right?

    Do you have any all-time preferences? Like, if you were departing to an island and could take only 5 bottles with you?

    Thank you once again for your work!

    • Hi Tim,

      Thanks for the compliments. If you scroll through the list you’ll see that I have tasted all the common brands, but you are right, not the more common ages. Why? Because I think older cognacs are so much more interesting to taste. Usually the three star and VS qualities of today are not very suitable to drink straight (there are some exceptions). I usually start with XO and up. The VSOP is in between and can be good, but not as complex as older cognacs.
      When I visit a cognac producer (mostly bouilleurs de cru and not the well-known houses), they always start with letting you taste their VS and VSOP. So I have tasted quite a lot of them, but I did not include them in my list. Only when I have had the whole bottle (like Frapin VS) it is on the list.

      My top 5? It changes from time to time.
      I think I must restrict the choice to affordable cognacs, because it has always been my policy not to buy extremely expensive bottles.
      It would be (not in order of best first): Audry Mémorial fine champagne, Chateau de Beaulon XO vintage 1971 fins bois, Laurent Merlin Hors Pair petite champagne, Navarre Vieille Réserve grande champagne, Marcel Ragnaud Florilège grande champagne.
      (Some of them are becoming more expensive because they are not for sale in a regular shop anymore.)

      If price is not a problem I would consider: Bouron Sublime, Vallein Tercinier rue 34, Hennessy Richard, AE Dor no. 11, Delamain 1960.

      There are so many to choose from!

      Kind regards,
      Ton

      • Thanks Ton,
        I do realize that VS/VSOP do not offer full potential of a cognac house. Given that we are limited in total amount of alcohol we can consume without impact on health and lifestyle, it’s better to not waste time with VS/VSOP and proceed to the better spirits. But I am asking about these common VSOPs/Napoleons, however, because I mean old stock, not new makes. This is not only my opinion that VSOP cognacs produced in 1960x-1980s were comparable to today’s XO. I tried Martell Medaillon from 70s and was amazed how tasty it is, and modern VSOPs don’t have a chance! Grass was greener, you know!
        Thank you for the shortlist, most of the names I haven’t heard yet.. As I am only starting my cognac journey and look at these: what do you think of more affordable, and perhaps somehow underrated, VSOP or Napoleon offerings of 60-70s such as Bisquit, Hine, Hubert de Polignac, Otard, Gaston de Lagrange etc?
        Thank you.

        • I have had the opporutiny to try some old bottles. They are pretty good, but very often they also have a so called ‘old bottle flavour’ that is not so nice. Less vibrant, a little musty.

  3. Love your list, Ton!
    Who organised the tastings in NOV 2011 and Jan 2012?
    Sometimes you add a number after the tasting date. Is that a grade for what you think about the tasting?
    Best regards,
    Brynjar

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