e & j what does v.s.o.p. mean?
ok, E & J brandy bottle say( v.s.o.p.)
- 1 decade agoFavorite Answer
It is the grade of cognac.
The official quality grades of cognac are, according to the BNIC (Bureau National Interprofessionnel du Cognac):
VS Very Special, (or three stars) where the youngest brandy is stored at least two years in cask.
VSOP Very Superior Old Pale, where the youngest brandy is stored at least four years in cask, but the average wood age is much older.
XO Extra Old, where the youngest brandy is stored at least six, but average upwards of 20 years.
In addition can be mentioned:
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.
Extra -A minimum of 6 years of age, this grade is usually older than a Napoleon or an XO.
Vieux- Is another grade between the official grades of VSOP and XO.
Vieille Réserve - Is like the Hors d´Age a grade beyond XO.
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).
No house of cognac produces all the above mentioned grades/qualities.
The crus where the grapes were grown can also be used to define the cognac, and give a guide to some of the flavour characteristics of the cognac:
Grande Champagne (13766 hectares total) Grande Champagne eaux de vie are long in the mouth and powerful, dominated by floral notes. The most prestigious of the crus. "Champagne" means chalky soil, a characteristic shared with the area around Reims where Champagne is produced. Hence the name "Champagne".[?]
Petite Champagne (16171 hectares total) Petite Champagne eaux de vie have similar characteristics to those from Grande Champagne but are in general shorter on the palate.
Borderies (4160 hectares total) The smallest cru, eaux de vie from the Borderies are the most distinctive, with nutty aromas and flavour, as well as a distinct violet or iris characteristic. Cognacs made with a high percentage of these eaux de vie, for example, "Cordon Bleu" by Martell, are dominated by these very sought-after flavours.
Fins Bois (34265 hectares total) Heavier and faster ageing eaux de vie suitable for establishing the base of some cognacs. Rounded and fruity, with an agreeable oiliness.
Bois Ordinaires (19979 hectares together with Bons Bois). Further out from the four central growth areas are the Bons Bois and the Bois Ordinaires. With a poorer soil and very much influenced by the maritime climate, this area of 20,000 hectares produces eaux de vie that are less demonstrative and age more quickly. These lesser crus are excluded from blends by some manufacturers.
The growth areas are tightly defined; there exist pockets with soils atypical of the area producing eaux de vie that may have characteristics particular to their location. Hennessy usually uses the unofficial brandy grades for its cognac offerings, but has also produced three single distillery cognacs each with very distinctive flavours arising from the different soils and, to a lesser extent, climate. Other cognac houses, such as Moyet, exclusively use the crus to describe their different cognacs.
The top cognac houses also produce premium-level cognacs, including:
Extra by Martell by Martell is a blend of "eaux-de-vie" hailing in part from Martell's cellar known as "Le Paradis".
L'Or by Martell is a cognac stored in a decanter with gold plated shoulders and closure. It is made of the oldest and most refined "eaux-de-vie" from Martell's "Paradis" (heaven). This is a place where "eaux-de-vie" over 50 or 60 years old are stored. Some date back to 1830.
Extra by Camus is their premium cognac beyond XO containing their oldest cognacs from the Borderies, Grande Champagne and Petite Champagne regions in a distinctive decanter style bottle.
Louis XIII by Rémy Martin is composed of more than 1,200 of the finest eaux-de-vie aged a minimum 55 years (usually 65-100+) in very old Limousin oak barrels, presented in Baccarat crystal decanter, and individually numbered and owner registered.
Richard Hennessy - produced by Hennessy, 'Richard' is a blend of over 100 eaux-de-vie aged up to 200 years. It is sold in a Baccarat crystal blackman and is named after the founder of the company.
L'Esprit de Courvoisier - Courvoisier's leading cognac, presented in a hand-cut Lalique decanter, blended from eaux-de-vie up to 200 years old, and individually numbered.
Moyet Antiques - Moyet's Très Vieille Fine Champagne and Très Vieille Grande Champagne cognacs blended from some barrels over 150 years old, individually numbered and signed by the cellar master.
- TambourineLv 41 decade ago
Very Superior Old Pale