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Best Cognac Brands

The 15 Most Popular And Best-Selling Cognac Brands
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Hennessy

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Top 5 Most Popular Hennessy Cognacs
Hennessy-VS-Cognac
Hennessy VS Cognac
4.6
926 ratings
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$43.99
Hennessy-XO-Ice-Experience-Cognac
Hennessy XO Ice Experience Cognac
4.5
133 ratings
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$199
Hennessy-VSOP-Privilege-Cognac
Hennessy VSOP Privilege Cognac
4.1
141 ratings
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$81.99
Hennessy-XO-Cognac
Hennessy XO Cognac
5.0
12 ratings
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$199.99
Rémy-Martin-Carte-Blanche-à-Baptiste-Loiseau-Cognac
Rémy Martin Carte Blanche à Baptiste Loiseau Cognac
5.0
3 ratings
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$535.79

Remy Martin

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Top 5 Most Popular Remy Martin Cognacs
Rémy-Martin-VSOP
Rémy Martin VSOP
4.4
217 ratings
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$49.99
Rémy-Martin-XO-Excellence
Rémy Martin XO Excellence
4.5
192 ratings
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$183.59
Rémy-Martin-1738®-Accord-Royal
Rémy Martin 1738® Accord Royal
4.5
133 ratings
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$61.59
Rémy-Martin-V
Rémy Martin V
4.5
11 ratings
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$40.69
Remy-Martin-Louis-Xiii
Remy Martin Louis Xiii
5.0
5 ratings
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$3999.99

Martell

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Top 5 Most Popular Martell Cognacs
Martell-Blue-Swift
Martell Blue Swift
3.7
16 ratings
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$50.99
Martell-VS-Single-Distillery-Cognac
Martell VS Single Distillery Cognac
4.0
21 ratings
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$36.29
Martell-VS-Cognac
Martell VS Cognac
4.2
7 ratings
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$34.55
Martell-Cognac-VSOP-Aged-In-Red-Barrels
Martell Cognac VSOP Aged In Red Barrels
3.8
26 ratings
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$47.99
Martell-Caractere-Cognac
Martell Caractere Cognac
3.3
3 ratings
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$35.99

Courvoisier

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Top 5 Most Popular Courvoisier Cognacs
Courvoisier-VS-Cognac
Courvoisier VS Cognac
4.6
155 ratings
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$32.99
Courvoisier-XO-Cognac
Courvoisier XO Cognac
4.6
136 ratings
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$149.99
Courvoisier-VSOP-Cognac
Courvoisier VSOP Cognac
4.5
81 ratings
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$41.99
Courvoisier-Sherry-Cask-Finish-Cognac
Courvoisier Sherry Cask Finish Cognac
5.0
2 ratings
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$42.99
Courvoisier-Exclusif-Cognac
Courvoisier Exclusif Cognac
5.0
1 ratings
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$51.99

Camus Cognac

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Top 5 Most Popular Camus Cognacs
Camus-XO-Elegance
Camus XO Elegance
4.3
52 ratings
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$149.74
Camus-Intensely-Aromatic-Very-Special
Camus Intensely Aromatic Very Special
2.5
2 ratings
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$29.99
Camus-Cognac-Borderies-XO
Camus Cognac Borderies XO
2.7
11 ratings
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$169.99
Camus-Extra-Elegance
Camus Extra Elegance
5.0
6 ratings
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$386.84
Camus-Ile-De-Re-Cliffside
Camus Ile De Re Cliffside
3.3
3 ratings
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$83.99

Pierre Ferrand

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Top 5 Most Popular Pierre Ferrand Cognac Brands
Pierre-Ferrand-Ambre
Pierre Ferrand Ambre
4.6
14 ratings
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$49.99
Pierre-Ferrand-1840-Grand-Champagne
Pierre Ferrand 1840 Grand Champagne
4.5
10 ratings
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$44.99
Pierre-Ferrand-Cognac-Reserve
Pierre Ferrand Cognac Reserve
5.0
1 ratings
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$76.41
Pierre-Ferrand-Generations-Grande-Champagne-Cognac
Pierre Ferrand Generations Grande Champagne Cognac
5.0
1 ratings
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$60
Pierre-Ferrand-Cigare-Cognac
Pierre Ferrand Cigare Cognac
5.0
1 ratings
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$77.65

Types of Cognac

According to the Bureau National Interprofessionnel du Cognac (BNIC), the official quality grades of cognac are:

  • V.S. (Very Special) or ✯✯✯ (3 stars) designates a blend in which the youngest brandy has been aged for at least 2 years in a cask.

  • V.S.O.P. (Very Superior Old Pale) or Reserve designates a blend in which the youngest brandy is aged for at least 4 years in a cask.

  • Napoléon designates a blend in which the youngest brandy is aged for at least 6 years.

  • XO (Extra Old) The minimum age of the youngest brandy used in an XO blend at least 10 years.

  • XXO (Extra Extra Old) is a specific indication given to wine spirits that have been aged for at least 14 years.

  • Hors d’age (Beyond Age) is a designation in which BNIC states are equal to XO, but in practice, the term is used by producers to market a high-quality product beyond the official age scale (which can have 40, 50, 60, or more years of aging!). These aforementioned specifications are closely monitored by the appellation board of France.

Other names like “black” or “double oaked” or “very fine Cognac” are used by brands to market their Cognac brandies to signify a special batch (which might even be a recipe that includes the addition of caramel color or sugar!).

So, if you want an official designation of quality, look at the official classification and get the producer’s notes for that bottle.