Chalfonte VSOP Cognac

Sep 2011
47
Earth
I am a long time consumer of cognac, I've paid top dollar for fine Cognac while eschewing the exorbitantly priced brand names. About ten years ago I switched to Armagnac because I found it more enjoyable and more competitively priced. Cognac had undergone a fashion trend towards lighter flavor with a harsh finish.

I accidentally bought a bottle of Cognac at Total Wine a couple of weekends ago. I was choosing Armagnac and picked up a boxed bottle not realizing it was misplaced on the shelf. When it rang up at thirty dollars I almost returned it as a mistake but decided that the universe wanted me to try this. I'm glad I listened. It was better than most hundred dollar bottles of Cognac that I've had.

Chalfonte VSOP (Bottle No. 303784.) It was smooth, had a nice balance of fruit and none of the harsh finish I detest.
 
Jul 2011
280
Wisconsin
I've always wanted to learn about cognac. and I have no idea what Armagnac is, so obviously I have something to add onto my list to learn! Thanks for the review!
 
Sep 2011
47
Earth
I bumped another thread that had a good roundup. Here's a couple of links for background.
Cognac
Armagnac
Armagnac is a brandy from a region in France. The biggest differences between the two are the mix of grapes and that Cognac is distilled twice where Armagnac is distilled once.
 
Oct 2005
2,603
Central Canada, eh?
I do not know how the flavors compare with Cognac, but lately I have been drinking Fonseca white Port. I find the flavors to compare with Glenmorangie scotch, but without the harshness caused by the higher alcohol content of the scotch. In Canada, a very nice bottle of the port is about 23 dollars, which is very easy on the pocket book.
 
Jul 2011
280
Wisconsin
I do not know how the flavors compare with Cognac, but lately I have been drinking Fonseca white Port. I find the flavors to compare with Glenmorangie scotch, but without the harshness caused by the higher alcohol content of the scotch. In Canada, a very nice bottle of the port is about 23 dollars, which is very easy on the pocket book.
Please do post a review thread when you get a chance!
 
Oct 2005
2,603
Central Canada, eh?
I am hoping Santa is going to bring me a new bottle for Christmas, so I will post a review in the New Year.