Label language for Cognac in F&B Service


The age of cognac in the cask is identified by stars and words printed on the labels. However, each manufacturer may interpret them differently. The age of youngest cognac used in the blend is mentioned on the label.

  • THREE STARS:- By French Law, the youngest cognac is aged at least for one and half years in the cask. In reality, they are usually of an average age of five years. The term VS on the label indicates a firm’s standard blends and is similar to three-star.
  • VSOP(Very Superior Old Pale):- Cognac with this term printed on the label indicates that it is a minimum of 4 or 1/2 years old. In practice, the age of Cognac used in the blend is much older.
  • Luxury Cognacs:- Most manufacturers produce top-quality cognacs. It is the blend of very old Cognac with an average of 20 years and above but as per law, they must be minimum 6 years old. They have prestigious names, such as VVSOP, Grand Réserve, Vielle Réserve, Napoléon, XO, Cordon Bleu, Cordon Argent, Paradis and Antique.


Following are the famous brand names of Cognac:-

  • Hennessy
  • Biscuit
  • Rémy Martin
  • Camus
  • Moyet
  • Delamain
  • Hine
  • Martell
  • Otard
  • Braastad
  • Prunier