Francois Peyrot Vsop Cognac Grand Fine Champagne 1Er Cru De Cognac 700ml
The Cognacs of Francois Peyrot Vsop are among my favorites. This Estate has all of 60 acres of Vineyards planted in a 1er Cru Vineyard in the Grande Champagne region. They produce a very concentrated style of Cognac, and all of the fruit carries the Grande Champagne, 1er Cru label, with nothing more than water added to the final bottling.
This is our best-selling Cognac. They call it a “VSOP,” but it is a seven-year-old Cognac.
Francois Peyrot Vsop Liquore Cognac de Grande Alle Pere Williams is made with a mix of aged Cognac with a natural pear and cane sugar syrup aroma. It has the denomination of “Grande Fine Champagne 1st Cru de Cognac.”
The French have never really understood the American fascination with age statements. Are we really willing to pay more for a number? In Cognac, the rarest and oldest brandies are never quantified with a minimum age statement, but rather with names like “Reserve Rare,” “Paradis,” or “Heritage.”
While shopping in the big houses might still cost you a healthy $600 or more, our spirits buyers have been able to track down a shining jewel in the middle of the Cognac countryside. Francois Peyrot Cognac is a single estate producer that has been quietly offering K&L customers high-quality value for the last few years.
When our staff recently tasted the 50-year-old Heritage a hush crept over the tasting bar. A rich, spicy, full-bodied, vanilla and caramel-laden, long-finishing Cognac had just taken the breath out of our staff, especially after they heard what it would cost.
Our Bourbon fans in the store have also been thinking of crossing over to the Peyrot Heritage, considering all the wood spice and robust flavor reminded them of their favorite, impossible-to-get, mature Van Winkle expressions. This is a bold brandy.