Novice Guide To Cognac Houses

Novice guide to cognac houses

Here is your Novice guide to cognac houses.  There are many factors that go into making the perfect cognac for your taste.  Yet nothing is more important in understanding or deciding which cognac is perfect for you, than knowing the house that your cognac comes from.

Here is a quick guide to all of your favorite cognac’s and what house they originate from:

Novice Guide to cognac houses: The house Rivente comes from

This is a smooth and mellow premium VSOP Cognac on a par with any of the historic houses, and certainly isn’t out of place as a traditional digestif.

It’s distilled in a traditional Charentais copper still handed down from the Raclie family circa 1920 and aged four years in sought-after Limousin forest oak. Meeting all premium standards, the cognac uses grapes from one of the eight pre-approved grape varieties grown in one of France’s six controlled vineyard areas. While adhering to what makes cognac, cognac in every sense of the word, the alcoholic beverage was ultimately created to do what its name infers.

VSOP: Smooth, bold. Excellent for mixing with it’s hidden vanilla and fruit flavors.

Second Most Popular Cognacs And Their Origin


Has a long-held reputation for producing brandies which are consistently rich and round.

VS: Rich, typical. Excellent for mixing because of its strength.



One of the two dominant forces in cognac since the French Revolution. Its brandies combine richness with structure.

VS: Nice, warm, round grapey nose and palate, relatively mature, typical traditional Hennessy.

XO: Very rich and long, but not too heavy. Lots of new wood.



An unusually dry style.

VS: Floral nose, good concentration

Cordon Bleu: The first mass selling upmarket cognac. Very concentrated Borderies style


Remy Martin

The only major firm still controlled by a single family. All its cognacs enjoy some fruitiness, and all come from the Champagnes.

Grand Cru VS Petite Champagne: Excellent aromatic power, round and fruity, an ideal mixer for cocktails. £18.99; Asd, Sai

VSOP: Still the standard by which all others are measured. Up to 15yrs – spicy, bread, candied fruit. £25.99; widely available

Least Popular Cognacs And Their Origin


One of the historic greats, still buying only from Grande Champagne and only brandies at least 10 years old. The resultant cognacs have a unique elegance

Pale & Dry: Floral, delicate, long.

Très Vieille Réserve de la Famille: Classic GC with flowery overtones. Long, complex.


British favourites for nearly two centuries, many of its brandies are ‘Early Landed, Late Bottled’

Antique: Combines depth and balance with a touch of rancio.

Also offers a couple of single vintages, an early-landed and an older one matured in Jarnac as well as a vintage pack with three 20cl bottles from 1960 1975 and 1983. BBR, F&M, Har, Wai

Ragnaud Sabourin

Family based on the sacred slopes above Segonzac in the heart of Grande Champagne.

Fontvieille: 35 yrs. Superbly balanced, elegant, long, rancio but not heavy.

Florilege: 45 yrs. Some of the purest rancio around. Lovely fruit cake feel on the finish.

We Hope You Enjoyed This Guide To Cognac Houses.

Rivente’ is a super premium cognac that is blended for you, the hard worker, the entrepreneur, the hustler, the never give up, do it my way person that you are. You didn’t get where you are by chance, you arrived because you followed your heart and did things your way. Rivente’ was made for you, so enjoy it your way.

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