Brandy has a traditional age grading system and these indicators can usually be found on the label near the brand name. We’ve all seen them, but what do they mean?
V.S. is a “very special” blend in which the youngest brandy has been stored for at least two years in a cask. This can also be labelled with three stars.
V.S.O.P. stands for “very superior old pale” and designates a blend that has been stored for at least four years in a cask. This can also be labelled five stars.
XO is for “extra old” and indicates the youngest brandy in the blend has been stored for at least six years.
Hors d’âge is the final and most superior grade and means “beyond age”. This is a designation which is formally equal to XO for Cognac, but for Armagnac, it designates at least ten years old. It basically means a high-quality product beyond the official age scale.
We have been inundated with requests to list some brandy (or more specifically, cognac) on our website. So here are seven cognacs of varying standard and price from the Godet family.