With an average of 30 years in barrel, the XO Reserve has developed exquisite textural and aromatic qualities. There is a hint of rancio, which reveals itself as caramel, sweet wood, dried citrus and mineral tones. The Fillioux family have bottled this cognac at 44%, the same degree that they drink it at home, which adds a rare vibrancy to a brandy of this age. About this wine producer: Among the very best of the small "grower-producers" of Cognac, is Christophe Fillioux proprietor of the small firm, Jean Fillioux. Christophe is the fifth generation of Fillioux to carry the tradition since the firms founding in 1880. Christophe’s vineyards lie in the very heart of the Grande Champagne district. He personally oversees, (if not performs) every aspect of production: harvest, fermentation, distillation, aging, blending and bottling. Christophe is rather self-effacing and modest; “I do not change anything, my father and my grandfather had set the bar very high, my challenge is to stay the course,” he says.