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Cognac Info Sources?

chrisinroch Sep 1, 2008 07:11 AM

I've had the opportunity to taste some nice cognacs and wanted to branch out a bit. My current drink is Martell XO. Any recommendations for similar price point cognac or armagnac?

Also, any good sources of unbiased tasting notes?


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    chrisinroch RE: chrisinroch Sep 1, 2008 07:26 AM

    Also curious about single vineyard cognacs from smaller producers.

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      zin1953 RE: chrisinroch Sep 1, 2008 09:37 AM

      >>> Any recommendations for similar price point cognac or armagnac? <<<

      a) Dozens.
      b) You do know, I'm sure, that Cognac is VERY different than Armagnac.

      Here are a couple of sites which review spirits:
      Beverage Testing Institute -- http://www.tastings.com/
      Paul Pacult's "The Spirit Journal" -- http://www.spiritjournal.com

      Also, you may want to check out the following:

      Charles Neal Selections (a California-based importer) has some good information on Armagnac at http://www.charlesnealselections.com/...

      Martell is my favorite of the "Big Four" major houses, but here are some specific COGNAC producer recommendations -- all of which I prefer to Martell:
      Maison Surrenne -- http://www.surrenne.com/
      Léopold Gourmel -- http://www.leopold-gourmel.com/
      Hine Cognac (the best, IMHO, of the "majors")-- http://www.hinecognac.com/
      Delamain -- http://le-cognac.com/delamain/intro.html
      Logis de la Mothe -- http://logisdelamothe.com/
      Pierre Ferrand -- http://www.pierreferrandcognac.com/en/
      Château Montifaud -- http://chateau-montifaud.com/

      Here are some specific ARMAGNAC producer recommendations:
      Francis Darroze ("The Pope of Armagnac") -- http://www.darroze-armagnacs.com/inde...
      Château de Laubade -- http://www.chateaudelaubade.com/page....
      Dartigalongue -- http://www.dartigalongue.com/
      Château de Ravignan -- http://www.charlesnealselections.com/...
      Domaine Boingnères -- http://www.charlesnealselections.com/...
      Château de Briat -- http://www.charlesnealselections.com/...
      Château du Tariquet -- http://www.tariquet.com/default_uk.asp
      Veuve J. Goudoulin -- http://www.armagnac-gers.com/
      Sempé (big house; surprisingly good) -- http://www.sempe-armagnac.com/index-g...

      Laberdolive and Marcel Trépout are two Armagnac producers that are/can be excellent, but have no website (to the best of my knowledge).

      Hope this helps . . .


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        mr_gimlet RE: zin1953 Nov 3, 2008 04:54 PM

        In cognac, you forgot Paul Giraud www.cognac-paulgiraud.com

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          zin1953 RE: mr_gimlet Nov 5, 2008 06:53 AM

          I'm sure I forgot dozens! ;^)

      2. epicurus one RE: chrisinroch Sep 9, 2008 12:37 AM

        You are more than welcome to read independent cognac tasting notes and news about the cognac industry at the Scandinavian cognac source www.cognacsociety.com. If you don’t know Swedish and can stand robot translations, you may use http://translate.google.com/translate...


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          chrisinroch RE: epicurus one Sep 9, 2008 05:01 AM

          thanks guys

        2. sailormouth RE: chrisinroch Nov 4, 2008 08:56 AM

          Imbibe magazine had an interesting article by Liza Weisstuch on Cognac in the current issue. This particular article isn't on their webpage.

          For an American brandy that's pretty good I've been drinking Germain-Robin Fine Alambic Brandy, equivalent to a VSOP, mid $30's in Boston. I've been meaning to try their XO, which I think runs from about $100-$150 is rumoured to be spectacular. If anyone has tried, please let me know your thoughts.

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            zin1953 RE: sailormouth Nov 5, 2008 06:59 AM

            Germain-Robin produces ten barrels per year of XO. It retails for $120, at least here in California. While it is excellent, there are "real" Cognacs that I prefer -- this is not a comment on the QUALITY of the Germain-Robin, which is excellent; rather, it is merely a stylistic preference I generally prefer my Cognac a bit lighter and with more finesse, whereas the Germain-Robin (and, let's be honest, some Cognacs) is a bit fuller and richer than my preference. But I'm also splitting hairs here, as I do enjoy Germain-Robin's XO -- and their "regular" Fine (and own bottles of both).

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            Steve_K RE: chrisinroch Nov 5, 2008 01:53 PM

            I'm a Chateau de Tariquet man, especially their 1985 vintage.

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