Monnet XO (Extra Old) cognac is slowly blended from eaux-de-vie selected primarily from Grande Champagne and Petite Champagne. Meticulously aged in Limousin oak casks far beyond the minimum time required for the XO appellation (at least 10 years, while the appellation requires at least 6 years).
Burnished gold with highlights of shimmering red, Monnet XO strikes a perfect balance between structure, character and delicacy. On the nose, this richly complex cognac marries sweet, spicy aromas of licorice, nuts and candied fruits. On the palate, it offers exceptional roundness, finesse and a luxuriously long finish.
About the Producer
The House of Monnet was founded in 1838 by an association of vineyard owners in southwest France. Their company, which was initially named Société des Propriétaires Vinicoles de Cognac, was presided over and then purchased by Jean-Gabriel Monnet, who gave it his name in 1897 and chose as its emblem the salamander.
Jean-Gabriel’s son, Jean Monnet, succeeded his father at the head of the House during the interwar period before embarking on an illustrious political career. A man of talent and vision, he went on to play a foundational role of his own, as chief architect of the European Union and one of the founding fathers of Europe.
During the 1950’s, Monnet became the official supplier of the Royal Court of Sweden, as well as one of the top 10 cognacs in the United States. By the close of the century, Monnet had reached the shores of every continent.
There is a Monnet style: “sunny” Cognacs, warm with strong floral and fruity hints. Monnet Cognac is first enjoyed through one’s eyes. This specific style was captured by famous illustrator Leonardo Cappiello in his renowned “Sunshine in a glass” poster, completed for Monnet in the 1920s. This poster gave the brand an aura that it still carries nowadays.
Today, the House of Monnet continues to win the hearts of free-spirited men and women around the world, while receiving enthusiastic recognition at prestigious competitions both near and far. As the House progresses toward its 200th anniversary, it is more committed than ever to the founding principles of quality, generosity and authenticity that inspired its creation in 1838.