Cognac Lesson #3 with Luc Merlet: Learn what is Cognac XO?

Luc Merlet, of liqueurs Merlet, a family distillery specialized in cognac and other liqueurs established since 1850 in France, shows us the main characteristics of a cognac XO.


What is XO cognac?

First of all, you should know that the main characteristic of XO cognac is that it is a mixture of different cognacs.

The sophistication of the spirit

It is important to note the source of cognacs, whether it is Grande Champagne, Petite Champagne or Fin Bois. These factors will give the cognac its sophistication. The higher the classification, the more sophisticated the area.

The aging

XO cognac must age for at least 10 years. Before 2018, ageing had to be at least four years for XO cognac, but since this year the minimum ageing is 10 years.


About Merlet :

The Merlet adventure dates back to the 18th century, when the family already devoted itself to viticulture. Then, in 1850, Firmin and Vivien Eugène Merlet installed their first still near the village of Saint Sauvant, in Saintonge, and started distilling. They become distillers of their own harvest. It was with Edouard that the family began to supply the great cognac houses, such as Hennessy. Guy Merlet then continued the family business and expanded the distillery.


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