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Hennessy VSOP Privilege 1.75L

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Critic Score
83/100
User Rating
4 Stars
Producer
Hennessy
Product Type
Brandy
Size
1.75L
Region
Cognac, France
Critic Scores & User Ratings are based on an aggregated international Global Wine Score (GWS).
Hennessy VSOP Privilege 1.75L - Item Code: 03124

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Cognac Varieties

Cognac is a kind of brandy named after the town of Cognac in the French province of Charente-Maritime. Wine from the neighboring wine-growing area, Charente and Maritime, is used to make this liqueur.

Cognac production is governed by the French appellation d'origine contrôlée (AOC) designation, with certain production techniques and naming criteria that must be followed in order to maintain AOC status. Ugni blanc, often known as Saint-Émilion in the region, is the most commonly planted of the grapes on the list. Two distillations in copper pot stills are required, as is an aging period of at least two years in French oak barrels from the Limousin or Tronçais regions of France. While cognac develops in the same manner as whiskies and wines do in barrels, the majority of cognacs spend much more time "on the wood" than the statutory minimum amount of time.

Cognac has often humorously been described as "nearly undrinkable" because of the dryness, acidity, and thinness of the white wine used in the production of cognac. Despite this, the wine is ideal for distillation and maturing. A limited number of grape varietals are permitted to be used in its production. For a wine to be deemed a genuine cru, it must contain at least 90 percent Ugni blanc as its primary grape. It is necessary to ferment for 2–3 weeks after the grapes have been crushed, during which time the region's natural, wild yeasts transform the sugar into alcohol; neither sugar nor sulfur may be added. The resultant wine has about 7 to 8 percent alcohol at this stage.

Once the distilling process is complete, it is aged in Limousin oak barrels for a minimum of two years before it may be sold to the general population. It is usually placed in barrels at an alcohol by volume level of about 70%. As the cognac interacts with the wood barrel and the surrounding air, it evaporates at a rate of about 3 percent per year, losing both alcohol and water over a period of time. This occurrence is referred to as "la portion des anges," which translates as "the angels' share" in the local language. When a cognac is aged for more than 10 years in an oak barrel, the alcohol level falls to 40 percent by volume. Once moved to huge glass bottles called bonbonnes, the cognac is kept for future blending purposes. Because oak barrels lose their ability to provide flavor after four or five decades, so aging them for extended periods of time may not be helpful.

About the Producer: Hennessy

Hennessy is a brandy house founded in 1765 by Richard Hennessy, an Irish officer who served in the army of King Louis XV of France. It has been exported to the United States since 1794 and is known for producing the first VSOP (Very Superior Old Pale) for the future King George IV. The company also introduced a star rating system in the 1860s and the first XO cognac in the 1870s. It is now part of the LVMH group. Hennessy is made from grapes harvested from vineyards of four cognac cross varieties - Grand and Petite Champagne, Borderies and Fin. Oxen. The company has one of the largest cognac reserves in its cellars and holds more than 300,000 barrels (each made on Hennessy's own cooper farm), many of which are over 100 years old and some up to 200 years old. on top of the oak tree, part of everyone's spirit is transferred to the glass hemispheres, awaiting final evaluation and mixing tests - a daily ritual at company headquarters. The mixing process has become a dynastic affair at Hennessy; Jean Filliou became a master blender in 1800, the year of Richard Hennessy's death. Seven generations later, Yann Filliou is the current president.

Review Highlights - Hennessy VSOP Privilege 1.75L

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