Dusse XO Cognac This cognac is blended meticulously by Matre de Chai Michel Casavecchia who hand-selects the finest eaux-de-vie from the cellars of the Chteau de Cognac to craft the unique blend of dUss XO Cognac. His unyielding standards require the eaux-de-vie to be aged ten years or more in French oak barrels to assure the utmost complexity and depth in flavor. Dusse XO Cognac delivers rich flavor notes of ripe blackberry and apricot, layered with hints of dark chocolate and walnut, culminating in an exceptionally balanced finish (producer). This incredibly aromatic and inviting XO is bottled in an luxe black vile, emblazoned with a medieval, regal silver double cross. The Otard family can be traced back to the mid 9th century, to a Norwegian warrior, Ottar. James OTard was created a Baron in 1701 after fighting alongside Louis XIV of France. His great-grandson, Jean-Baptiste Antoine Otard established the French Cognac house in 1795, in his name. The Chteau de Cognac he purchased was built in the tenth century to protect the villagers from Norman invaders. The Cognac house has remained in the family ever since. Situated in the Cognac region overlooking the Charente, the historical Chteau de Cognac castle is the birthplace of French King Fran§ois I, where cognac production has been taking place since 1796. The chateau was chosen largely due in part to its cellars, which provided unique properties for the aging of the cognacs. DUss Cognac is a product of Bacardi that is produced at the Chateau de Cognac. Released in June of 2012, in New York, DUss is a collaboration with hip-hop mogul Jay-Z.