De Charville VSOP Tasting Notes 2

De Charville Frères VSOP 40%

A new kid on the block with one of his very first products: here is the De Charville Frères VSOP!
De Charville VSOP Tasting Notes 2


New kid on the block

Founded in 1885 as one of J. Prunier’s brands for the Asian market, De Charville Frères was reborn a few years ago, represented nowadays by Thomas Forterrre. Their range is made of the following age statements: VS (2-5yo), VSOP(5-10yo), XO (15-25yo), XXO (30-40yo). They’re only using Grande Champagne cognacs and here is their VSOP! 

Colour: Gold, green lights. Light irregular tears.

Nose: Honey and cider apple at first. Bourbon vanilla then. Sweet sugariness. A little of pastry notes. Hints of caramelized fruits, mainly apple. A little on vanilla aroma and hazelnut cream. Light scents of dry apricots and quince jam. A shy nose but some interesting smells. Let’s see if the palate has much to say. 

Palate: Sweet texture.  Citruses and honey. Candied lemon. Pear juice. A pleasant bitterness on lemon zest. A little acidic on the aftertaste, but I think it’s only a matter of youngness. Ending on vanilla and prunes. There is definitely a lack of something. This De Charville Frères VSOP is too polite! 

Last Notes: A nice attack on peaches with more air. Some nutty scents, hints of walnut and almond oil, probably a bit of dry chestnut too. A delicate fruitiness on apricots and raisins. Still some bitterness on orange zest and lemon zest. It keeps candied lemon aromas on the palate. It ends on a generous pepperiness and a light apricots jam taste. 

This is a frustrating cognac. The reduction seems a bit brutal for this one. However this De Charville Frères VSOP remains a nice one as it’s a young cognac. But due to its lack of richness and complexity, I can’t rate it over the Vallein Tercinier V.S (7yo+) for example. I’ll review soon their XO and the XXO, hope they will be more talkative! 

My very subjective note: 81+/100

More info on De Charville website

(I do not own the rights for the bottle picture)

Thank you Thomas for this one!

De Charville VSOP tasting notes
Cognac Hors d'Age Top 3 tasting notes

1 comment on “De Charville Frères VSOP 40%Add yours →

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *