A type of brandy that is produced only in the Cognac region of western France and is universally recognized as the finest and most elegant liqueur in the world. Not a drop of any other wine or brandy is ever allowed to enter a bottle of Cognac. The Cognac region is divided into six districts, with the Cognac of Grand Champagne considered the best. Cognac is coded on the label by the following letters: V (very), S (superior), O (old), P (pale), E (extra or especial), F (fine), X (extra). French law states that Cognac with 3 stars be aged at least 1Â1/2 years old to be rated VS & 4 years to be rated VSOP (althought 7-10 years is pretty common). By french law the words Extra, Napolean, Reserve and Vieille may not appear on the label unless the cognac has been aged at least 5Â1/2 years.
A brandy from the specifically delimited region of Cognac in France. Cognac is always blended, double distilled and oak aged. VS is aged a minimum of 3 years; VSOP, VO, and Reserve are aged a minimum of 41/2 years; Vielle Reserve, Extra, and Napolean are aged a minimum of 61/2 years; XO, Antique, and Centaur are a category of old blends with no legal minimum but with an average of over 30 years. Serve cognac in a large-bowled snifter after dinner.
Cognac, named after the town of Cognac in France, is a brandy, which is produced in the region surrounding the town. It must be made from at least 90% Ugni Blanc, Folle Blanche, or Colombard grapes. The rest of the cognac can consist of ten selected grapes.