Léopold Gourmel Quintessence Cognac

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With its amber-gold eaux-de-vie (none of which are less than 30 years old), this is a robust yet elegant Cognac, full of chocolate, sherry, and toast. Named in 1972 for the grand-father of one of the founders, Léopold Gourmel Quintessence is served in more Michelin-starred restaurants in France than in the United States, but it is worth the search.

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