COMANDON Cognac “Classic Line” might seem classic to the amateur eyes but in fact it is revolutionary. We make small-batch productions and do not focus on making the same cognac continuously but rather champion the single batch differences. Process: Artisanal distillation with lees or without lees depending on the batch, then we age a few months in new French oak casks, and then we finish our batch for several years in older French oak casks.
Even though our cognacs are limited and rare editions targeted at elite consumers we offer prices which are competitive to the mass produced mega brands available everywhere. Consequently, we exceed customer perceived value by offering more unique products with added benefits but still within the budget and familiar classic lines such as VS, VSOP, and XO cognacs our customers expect. In sum, something 'new' and 'more for the same'.
Comandon Cognac is not for everyone but customers who are interested in a boutique brand who is trying harder. Nonetheless, the professional and experts are continuously recognizing Comandon as one of the highest rated cognac in international competition if one needs to be re-assured.
Since we decided to make 'Single Batch' cognac for our VS, VSOP and XO lines, every batch is different and we think this is a good thing which differentiate ourselves from the other brands who are focused on producing the same cognac day after day without letting nature be.
These are the general standards for the minimum age required for each quality:
* Very Special is at least 2 years old.
* Very Superior Old Pale is at least 4 years old.
* Extra Old is at least 6 years old.
It might be simple to look at the ages and compare to say that we have younger single batches in the USA right now but it is a little complicated.
The issue is that the cognac that comes from different regions in Cognac age at different speeds.
Fins Bois ages faster, that say Grande Champagne, but a Grande Champagne blend might be more complexe at a younger age.
Hence, the blends from these single batches are different and therefore the blends ages may differ as a result of the different cognacs in the blend.
All that matters is that we keep a base line among our qualities with these typicities:
* VS = LIGHT & FRUITY: apple and honey
* VSOP = SPICY: spices and vanilla.
* XO = RICH FRUITS: lingering qualities of an XO with complex fresh flavors
* EXTRA OLD = DEEP & COMPLEX: Almond & candied fruits.
COMANDON Cognac “Very Special” (VS) is a harmonious blend of some fourty eaux-de-vie from the best terroirs of the Cognac region selected for character and softness. It is aged for between 4 and 8 years in red Limousin oak casks that enhance our cognacs with subtle aromas. The result of this superior blend is an exceptionally fine and smooth cognac VS.
The bouquet is complex for a young cognac with elegant and delicate shades of vanilla and honey. Rancio shades appear during aeration with young and bright fruit and flowers; nose mixes young, very ripe clean, smooth, very well balanced, with no acidity and tannic "grip", very easy-to-drink and lasting flavors. The color is a light, brilliant, golden yellow. Comandon VS has a clean vanilla bouquet, with overtones of wild roses and dried apricot. Its taste is fruity and light on the palate, with excellent flavors that lingers in the mouth for about 5 minutes.
On the nose stone fruit leather is bright and tangy alongside sweet pear aromas. Supple and silky on the palate, flavors of white tea, fresh cut flowers, fresh pears and meyer lemons all intermix well. Clean, crisp and delightful.
COMANDON Cognac Very Superior Old Pale (VSOP) is a harmonious blend of some sixty eaux-de-vie from the best terroirs of the Cognac region selected for character and softness. It is aged for between 8 to 12 years in red Limousin oak casks that enhance our cognacs with subtle aromas. The result of this superior blend is a rare easily pleasing outstanding cognac.
Notes of old Sauterne wines mingle with very old port flavors and aromas of vanilla. A light note of fresh flowers and exotic spices round out this mellow and smooth cognac. The color is an intense golden-amber with copper shining through. Very interesting complexity and structure with taste of fruits, orange, pear, apricot, and lingering nuttiness. Comandon Cognac VSOP has an excellent fruit intensity complemented by subtle hints of brown sugar sweetness. Its taste offers a good balance of fruits and oak, with excellent flavors that lingers in the mouth for about 10 minutes.
Aromas are light and pretty with plenty of white flowers and apple blossoms. Smooth and consistent in the mouth with flavors starting out as white peach then turning to cinnamon infused caramel on the long finish.
COMANDON Cognac XO Signature symbolizes our vision of what represents an outstanding young XO. Many customers mistakenly believe that XO cognacs should necessary be extremely old to be good when in fact it is well known by professionals and spirit fans that older spirits are not necessarily better.
XO Signature embodies the characteristics of 'youth' and 'freshness'. While one may recognized that it might not be the smoothest, sweetest and most lingering XO, s/he will eventually notice that in contrast it is very complexe and structured. Our XO Signature offers a variety of flavors sometimes fruity, sometimes spicy, and other times flowery depending on the individualized batches but it always exceeds other XO cognacs in its freshness and sharper flavors.
We deliberately look for harmonious younger XOs to craft small batch limited selections. This is not the norm and in fact it is quite going against the norm but we believe that the authenticity of our cognacs will eventually conquer the new exploratory customers who are searching for more unique experiences when enjoying the consumption of spirits.
Comandon XO Signature has won the prestigious World Best XO at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, which is the international leading rating authority and competition for spirits.
COMANDON Cognac XO EXTRA OLD is a very balanced cognac crafted from the best terroirs of the Cognac region selected for character and softness. It is aged far beyond the legal minimum age requirement for an XO which enhances our cognac with subtle aromas. The result of our work is a limited production authentic cognac XO.
We select specific casks to craft the XO EXTRA OLD which typically show maturity and are easily pleasing to the senses. We still look for 'youth' in the sense that we look for bright flavors and signs of freshness rather than just a bold age statement or rustic flavors. The Comandon Cognac XO EXTRA OLD is rich and concentrated, with superb balance which is one of its main recognized strength. A powerful cognac with a long structure that makes for a full bodied but refined cognac, with excellent lingering qualities in the mouth for over 20 minutes.
Each cognac is packaged by hand, from the placing of labels to the closing of the cases. Each bottle is crafted in small batch of less than 2000 bottles, with each bottle being numbered, sometimes by hand.
Comandon Cognac XO EXTRA OLD is an authentic representative of refined French luxury with a level of exclusivity and quality rarely achieved for the discerning customers.
Comandon XO EXTRA has been recognized multiple times as the winner of World Best Cognac of 'ALL CATEGORIES' and against 'ALL BRANDS' at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition.