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The Society's Cognac VSOP

Brandy from France
3.250000000 star rating 16 Reviews
Produced by family-run independent Cognac distiller Château d'Orignac exclusively for The Wine Society, and far older than the required four years. Cedar, fruitcake and walnuts linger on the palate, rounding off dinner in style.
Price: £29.00 Bottle
Price: £174.00 Case of 6
In Stock
Code: BY381

Wine characteristics

  • Brandy
  • 70cl
  • 40% Alcohol
  • Stopper cork, ie sherry

Château d'Orignac

Chateau d'Orignac has been owned by the Meyer family for several generations. The 20-hectare vineyard is located in the heart of the Cognac appellation on gently rolling limestone slopes near the Gironde estuary, 50km south of Cognac in the Fins Bois appellation.

Owner Yvan Meyer is technical director for the famous Sichel Family of Bordeaux négociants and growers, but in his spare time he comes back to his beautiful family home at Château d'Orignac to make superb Cognac and Pineau des Charentes.

His vineyards, which share the estate with arable fields and a small herd of Limousin cattle, are planted with ugni blanc, colombard, merlot and cabernet sauvignon, the first two varieties for Cognac, the latter pair for his sublime Pineau des Charentes. Both are made to Yvan's exacting standards, for example ageing in 360-litre casks for longer than their respective appellation rules require, and with a great deal of pride.

The Times

No one will be unhappy with the gift of a Wine Society lifetime membership (£40) and this gorgeous creamy, spicy, Dundee cake of a cognac.

Jane MacQuitty

The Observer

When I think about cognac, I often find myself lapsing into a kind of free association of images from a very particular, very male fantasy of the good life. Walnut dashboards, infinitesimally complex...
When I think about cognac, I often find myself lapsing into a kind of free association of images from a very particular, very male fantasy of the good life. Walnut dashboards, infinitesimally complex Swiss watches, Savile Row suits, impossibly silky ties and, on a glass table by the arm of an Eames chair at midnight, a crystal decanter and handblown tumbler of glowing amber cognac. The whiff of luxury branding that trails cognac like those perfumed strips in a glossy magazine no doubt accounts for much of its resilient global popularity: after a brief pandemic dip, sales of the French brandy amounted to €3.8bn according to the cognac producers’ association, BNIC. I do sometimes wonder, however, if all the glossy deluxe business obscures what makes the best cognacs such a pleasure: the finickity level of craft that transforms neutral white grapes into suavely charming, intensely flavoured spirts such as The Wine Society’s bottling by the small family-owned producer, Château d’Orignac.
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David Williams

The Mail on Sunday

Mellow Cognac withsubtle fruit notes - this year's top pick for best value.

- Olly Smith

The Daily Telegraph

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<span style='font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri; mso-fareast-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB; mso-fareast-language: EN-GB; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;'><font color="#000000">A bargain and a greatplace to start with cognac, this is soft and gentle with youthful, fragrantfruit and spice.</font> - </span>
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