Courvoisier VSOP Fine Champagne Cognac 70cl £19 @ ASDA
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Courvoisier VSOP Fine Champagne Cognac 70cl £19 @ ASDA

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Found 2nd Jul 2011
This is the VSOP not to be confused with the lower quality, cheaper VS. Normally priced at £29.95 in ASDA. Available in store and on line.

This is a really nice drop of brandy and at this price I'm going to be stocking up.

VSOP (Very Superior Old Pale) is one of the industry agreed terms which means, amongst other things, that the brandy has to be a certain age. Other markings such as 5 star, etc are entirely down to the producers choice and don't really mean anything.

A while back ASDA did a rollback to £21.46 but then it went back to £29.95.
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Very good price.
good price
Nice drink, nice price.
Cheap at this price.
Nice price, fortunately my local independent stocks this at 18.99 all the time, standard (non VSOP) is 16.99 so also beats the supermarkets on that too!
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wardo85

Nice price, fortunately my local independent stocks this at 18.99 all the … Nice price, fortunately my local independent stocks this at 18.99 all the time, standard (non VSOP) is 16.99 so also beats the supermarkets on that too!



So how much does he charge for the Hennessy XO? oO
What's the best between this and the 70cl Three Barrels XO which is also for sale for £19?

I take it the XO is a higher grade right?
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Taksim_Red

What's the best between this and the 70cl Three Barrels XO which is also … What's the best between this and the 70cl Three Barrels XO which is also for sale for £19? I take it the XO is a higher grade right?



You would normally expect an XO to be better than a VSOP (at least from the same producer). But you would also expect it to be in a much higher price bracket - Hennessy XO, for instance, sells at around £90 a bottle. Three Barrels are not one of the high quality producers so I would expect that the Courvoisier would be a far superior product compared to the Three Barrels. I haven't tried the Three Barrels XO so I can't be certain. On the other hand I have tried the Courvoisier and can confirm that it is a very nice brandy and at £19 its an absolute bargain.
VS = very special
VSOP= very special old pale
XO =eXtra old

and cognac is distilled wine
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effingandjeffing

VS = very special VSOP= very special old paleXO =eXtra oldand cognac is … VS = very special VSOP= very special old paleXO =eXtra oldand cognac is distilled wine



VSOP is sometimes quoted as very special old pale but the official title is Very Superior Old Pale.

Cognac is brandy distilled from fermented grapes from the Cognac region of France. Fine Champagne means that the grapes came from particular areas of the Cognac region.


Edited by: "CannyJack" 3rd Jul 2011
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From Tastings.com/spi…tml

French Brandies: Cognac and ArmagnacCognac is the best known type of … French Brandies: Cognac and ArmagnacCognac is the best known type of Brandy in the world, a benchmark by which most other Brandies are judged. The Cognac region is located on the west-central Atlantic coast of France, just north of Bordeaux, in the departments of Charente and Charente-Maritime. The region is further subdivided into six growing zones: Grande Champagne, Petite Champagne, Bois Ordinaries, Borderies, Fins Bois, and Bons Bois. The first two of these regions produce the best Cognac and will frequently be so designated on bottle labels. Cognacs labelled Fine Champagne are a blend of Petite and Grande Champagne. The primary grapes used in making Cognac are Ugni Blanc, Folle Blanche, and Colombard. The wines made from these grapes are thin, tart, and low in alcohol; poor characteristics for table wines, but oddly enough, perfect for making Brandy. Cognac is double distilled in pot stills and then aged in casks made from Limousin or Troncais oak. All Cognacs start out in new oak to mellow the fiery spirit and give them color. Batches that are chosen for long-term aging are, after a few years, transferred to used, or "seasoned," casks that impart less of the oak flavor notes while the Brandy matures.Virtually all Cognacs are a blend of Brandies from different vintages, and frequently, different growing zones. Even those from single vineyards or distilleries will be a mix of Brandies from different casks. As in Champagne, the production of local vineyards is sold to Cognac houses, each of which stores and ages Cognacs from different suppliers and then employs master blenders to draw from these disparate Brandies to create continuity in the house blends. Because there are no age statements on Cognacs, the industry has adopted some generally accepted terms to differentiate Cognacs. It is important to note that these terms have no legal status, and each Cognac shipper uses them according to his own criteria. V.S./V.S.P./Three Star: (V.S., very superior; V.S.P., very superior pale) A minimum of two years aging in a cask, although the industry average is four to five years. V.S.O.P.: (very superior old pale) A minimum of four years cask aging for the youngest Cognac in the blend, with the industry average being between 10 and 15 years.

Thanks OP, nice find..
Heat added.

I love this - soooooooooooooo smooth.
Been this price for weeks, a lovely drink!
voted hot - my favorite tipple X)
Title say; "Fine Champagne Cognac" but then it is described as a brandy.

Are two things on offer or are you choosing to describe rbandy as Champagne Cognac (which is a new one on me)?
Courvoisier VSOP (Very Superior Old Pale) is an elegant and sensual blend of cognacs up to 10 years old from two of the finest crus in the Cognac region. It’s been expertly crafted using a minimum of 50% Grande Champagne grapes blended exclusively with Petite Champagne grapes, entitling it to carry the prestigious ‘Fine Champagne’ designation.

BeerGoggles

Title say; "Fine Champagne Cognac" but then it is described as a … Title say; "Fine Champagne Cognac" but then it is described as a brandy.Are two things on offer or are you choosing to describe rbandy as Champagne Cognac (which is a new one on me)?



Cognac is Brandy, for the brandy to be named Cognac it has to have been made in the area of Cognac, France.
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BeerGoggles

Title say; "Fine Champagne Cognac" but then it is described as a … Title say; "Fine Champagne Cognac" but then it is described as a brandy.Are two things on offer or are you choosing to describe rbandy as Champagne Cognac (which is a new one on me)?



Cognac is a type of brandy; fine champagne is a type of cognac. It is one very excellent product

For a fuller explanation, please see my previous post above (3rd July 06:47) with a quote from Tastings.com
CannyJack

VSOP is sometimes quoted as very special old pale but the official title … VSOP is sometimes quoted as very special old pale but the official title is Very Superior Old Pale.Cognac is brandy distilled from fermented grapes from the Cognac region of France. Fine Champagne means that the grapes came from particular areas of the Cognac region.



Fascinating , but ultimately empirical racism -stating that Pale is Superior , as described in Spike Lee's movie when referring to the Black ball in pool.
JoeBeesley

Fascinating , but ultimately empirical racism -stating that Pale is … Fascinating , but ultimately empirical racism -stating that Pale is Superior , as described in Spike Lee's movie when referring to the Black ball in pool.




PC crap.
Good drink, voted hot.
dk1066

PC crap.Good drink, voted hot.




Yeah baby gurl ,mi luv dem
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