Review: Camus VSOP Elegance (2014) and VSOP Borderies Cognac

Review: Camus VSOP Elegance (2014) and VSOP Borderies Cognac

Here’s something you don’t see every day: A Borderies-grown Cognac… that’s also a youngish VSOP. Borderies, for those not in the know, is a small, very renowned grape-growing subregion of Cognac. Normally, Borderies bottlings are old XO expressions — which command even higher prices due to their regional pedigree. vsop camus borderiesAnd while Camus does offer an XO Borderies, it has recently (and quietly) put out this VSOP Borderies expression, a rarity I’ve never seen before now.

It just so happens I had a fresh bottle of Camus VSOP (now known as Camus VSOP Elegance) to compare against this limited-edition Camus VSOP Borderies. Here’s how they shake out.

Camus VSOP Elegance Cognac (2014) – Recently cleaned up with strong “Elegance” labeling and more modern styling, the off-the-rack Camus VSOP bottling offers classic younger Cognac notes: oak, Christmas cake, and lingering citrus notes, tinged with cinnamon. It’s an easygoing sipper that doesn’t overly complicate things. B+ / $40 [BUY IT NOW FROM TOTAL WINE]

Camus VSOP Borderies Cognac – More fruit up front here, growing considerably as it gets some air to it. Cinnamon apple, apricots, even coconut and pineapple notes come across. You don’t get much of that with the standard VSOP, which keeps its cards closer to its vest. The finish only builds up the fruit component. 15,000 bottles made. A- / $57 [BUY IT NOW FROM THE WHISKY EXCHANGE]

Camus VSOP Borderies Cognac




Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content creation company.


  1. ruoumini on April 5, 2014 at 12:59 am


    I can find product to store shop, webtiste online….?


  2. James Lawler Ph.D. on April 16, 2020 at 5:47 am

    When I bought this first I did not like it, its seemed to lack complexity and its quite sweet.
    However, it has grown on me
    Its very smooth and for the money it represents outstanding value and I will buy it again
    Highly recommended

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