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Review: C by Courvoisier Cognac

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All brands must expand, and Courvoisier has been on a tear lately. First Courvoisier Rose, now C by Courvoisier.

Unlike the Rose, C is a full Cognac, blended from spirits produced from grapes from 50 winegrowers in the Fin Bois Cru, a somewhat lesser Cognac region surrounding Grand Champagne and Petite Champagne. That’s understandable: There are only so many grapes in Grande Champagne and they must cost a fair Euro these days, so Courvoisier can make a less expensive Cognac by stepping into nearby areas. The resulting spirit is double barreled in both young and mature barrels. No age statement is offered.

The results are unfortunately a bit tepid. The deep amber, almost burnt orange color is enticing, and the nose offers lots of citrus and apple fruit character, with a touch of floral element to it. On the body, lots of heat. In a vessel that curves in at the lip, this traps a lot of alcohol in the glass, and it quickly becomes overwhelming. Let it dissipate (or try a different drinking implement) and you’ll get lots more of that apple/orange fruit, plus a healthy slug of wood. Not a whole lot of balance here, as the fruit and wood notes just don’t mingle well. I think Courvoisier did this intentionally with those new wood barrels to produce a more flavorful and “brash” spirit, and there it succeeds — this is not a delicate Cognac — but it comes at the price of smoothness and complexity.

80 proof.

B- / $35 / courvoisier.com

C by Courvoisier cognac

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3 Comments

  1. Dom February 20, 2012

    Do you know what sort of age this is?

    Reply
  2. Christopher Null February 20, 2012

    Courvoisier doesn’t offer any information about it.

    Reply
  3. Cognac J February 27, 2012

    There’s an article about C by Courvoisier on http://cognac-expert.com/

    Reply

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