One of the finest bottles of Cognac of this age that we’ve come across in recent years, this striking bottling comes from De Luze (originally founded in New York as an importer of wine and spirits). Redesigned in 2011, the bottle now better matches the liquid within, with this marvellous XO Cognac being an average of 20 years old, and containing some spirit from the 1980 Boinaud Estate harvest. The Cognac is produced using grapes from De Luze’s vineyard’s in the Petite Champagne Cru. The nose on this cognac is sublime, with notes of cinnamon, prunes, glacé cherry, nutmeg and toasted oak. The palate brings a wonderful intensity of flavour, with fruit loaf, black tea, dried apricot and crisp oak at the fore. The finish is lingering with a last grapey sweetness and a warm fruity spice. Phenomenal stuff that was recognised with a Silver Medal at the International Wine and Spirits Competition of 2013.