|The differents crus|
|Conditions of sale|
Ageing in casks of limousine oak,the eaux de vie interact with the wood, mellowing as they take up tannins and other properties which give colour and aromas . At the same time the barrels breathe, resulting in a small but continuous loss of alcohol to evaporation.
Thus little by little the character and bouquet of the eaux de vie develop.
After two to three years of ageing, the eaux de vie achieve the minimum maturity for commerce . However, with longer ageing the quality improves, the colour becomes more rich-golden as the strength decreases to 45° - 50° after 25 to 30 years.
The optimum bouquet, finesse and mellowness is achieved after about fifty years.
-VSOP (Very Superior Old Pale) – Compte 4 - Cognac whose youngest eau-de-vie is at least 5 years old.
Napoléon, X.O., Extra Old – (compte 7 - Cognac whise
youngest eau-de-vie is at least 7 years old.
- XO Grande Réserve et Vieille grande champagne :
eau-de-vie is at least 10 years old.
Generally speaking, Cognac Master Blenders use eau-de-vie that are much older than the minimum requirement for their blends. In fact, the most prestigious designations may have aged for dozens of years in oak casks –
The BNIC is in charge of controlling the stocks and the age of maturing Cognac.