RIP John (VSOP)
bkawak at charter.net
Sun Jun 28 02:53:45 UTC 2009
The official quality grades of cognac are, according to the BNIC (Bureau
National Interprofessionnel du Cognac):
a.. VS Very Special, or ??? (three stars) where the youngest brandy is
stored at least two years in cask.
b.. VSOP Very Special (less commonly 'Superior') Old Pale, where the
youngest brandy is stored at least four years in cask, but the average wood
age is much older.
c.. XO Extra Old, where the youngest brandy is stored at least six, but
average upwards of 20 years.
In addition can be mentioned:
a.. Napoleon Although the BNIC states this grade is equal to XO in terms
of minimum age, it is generally marketed in-between VSOP and XO in the
product range offered by the producers.
b.. Extra A minimum of 6 years of age, this grade is usually older than a
Napoleon or an XO.
c.. Vieux Is another grade between the official grades of VSOP and XO.
d.. Vieille Réserve Is like the Hors d´Age a grade beyond XO.
e.. Hors d'âge The BNIC states that also this grade is equal to XO, but in
practice the term is used by producers to market a high quality product
beyond the official age scale. Hence the name "Hors d'age" (beyond age).
----- Original Message -----
From: <JOELTLE515 at aol.com>
To: <thewho at igtc.com>
Sent: Saturday, June 27, 2009 8:03 PM
Subject: Re: RIP John
> still wondering what VSOP is..
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