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Delamain Pale & Dry XO Grande Champagne Cognac 750ml (Elsewhere $100)

SKU #690036 96 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Delamain’s youngest offering, at 20 to 25 years old, is also one of the standard-bearers of Grande Champagne (the blend was created in the 1920s and hasn’t changed). Light amber, with a delightful nose full of pear, marmalade, quince and orange blossom. The pear and quince carry onto the palate, where a distinctive membrillo-like flavor emerges — a unique note I find in a number of Delamain expressions. There’s gentle spice and warm citrus on the palate, gliding to a long, delicate finish. The definition of elegance. (40% abv) (JW) Inner quote mark (9/2019)

95 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Bold and butterscotchy, this easy-drinking Cognac also has dried fruit and nutty tones, plus a saline touch that's reminiscent of salted caramel. There's a spicy flourish on the relatively dry finish. Delamain notes that it is one of the only Cognac houses to exclude VS and VSOP expressions from its portfolio, 'its range starts where others end, with an X.O.' (KN) Inner quote mark (12/2013)

K&L Notes

Delamain is perhaps the most British of all the great Cognac houses. They are known for their light color and elegant dryness so prized by the British. The Pale & Dry is made from all Grande Champagne juice, which has been aged for 25 years. Light in color and very elegant on the palate with a extremely smooth and dry finish. 40% ABV ships in an oversize box.


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By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/31/2017 | Send Email
Delamain is really one of the most special producers of Cognac. They may not be the most exciting, bold or innovative, but they make DANG good cognac in a style that very few producers are going after. Restrained elegant and very deliberate. the XO is Delamain's "entry level" but it doesn't drink like an entry level. This has some very old brandies in the mix and benefits from an extended marriage period in smaller casks rather than the few weeks in large foudres like most producers. The result is a head nose of dried stone fruits, macerated vanilla bean and subtle exotic wood. Excellent vibrant entry that's lifted and open with tons of complexity. Those stones fruits play of the barrel spice perfectly as the long finish builds. This has always been a favorite circa $100+, but at this price this is easily the finest regularly available XO for your money.

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