Strength in ABV
Andrew Hayes


#1 Feb 25, 2011
Why does Cognac rarely exceed 40% ABV? I am a big fan of Scotch Malt Whisky for which the legal minimum ABV is 40% and I reguarly by bottles at 'cask strength'(anything from around 50 to 60% ABV depending on age).

I have one cognac bottled by an Indpendant Scotch bottler which is 49% ABV and they used to have one at 52% ABV. I have never, ever seen a another cognac at 'cask strength'.

Why is this?

Kind regards


Silver Spring, MD

#2 Feb 25, 2011
Be couse the french goverment made a law in 40's or 50's that cognac can only be 40% thats why.
I have some bottles from the 1930's 1 is 44% and the other is 42% i to do not understand why they would a law like this.
Kind regards, James

Since: Feb 11

Oberhausen, Germany

#3 Mar 7, 2011
There are older Cognacs like this Camus Cognac or this Camus Vintage Cognac:

Don't think there's a law

Oosterbeek, Netherlands

#4 Mar 23, 2011
There's no max on alcohol%. The minimum is 40% however.
I have seen cognacs with more then 40%; up to 49.4%. That was a "Cognac de Collection" from Jean Grosperrin Bon Bois 1975.

Oosterbeek, Netherlands

#5 Mar 23, 2011
Stronger still: Daniel Bouju Royal - brut de fut: 60%.

Tell me when this thread is updated:

Subscribe Now Add to my Tracker

Add your comments below

Characters left: 4000

Please note by submitting this form you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Service and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator. Send us your feedback.

Brandy and Cognac Discussions

Title Updated Last By Comments
REMY MARTIN LOUIS XIII COGNAC Received as a gift Jan 6 Mike 2
Collection cognacs of USSR . "Sakartvelo" ( Geo... Jan 6 Nodari 1
A unique bottle Dec 29 kentlad 1
Where can I sell Louis XIII Cognac? (Jul '08) Dec 27 sshalinsky 424
Louis xiii bottle Dec '16 Rrainesong 2
I could really use some help here, Nov '16 Firedyjinn 1
1857 Brandy Reserva Gran Duque D'alba Zoilo Rvi... (Jul '16) Nov '16 Omaly Potenza 2
More from around the web