For their Merlet VSOP Cognac, Gilles and his sons selected and blended eaux-de-vie from different regions of the cognac appellation, to ensure consistent quality. The eaux-de-vie were aged for at least four years. Most of the Cognacs selected for this blend are from Fins Bois crus', famed for their fruitiness and their capacity to mature fast when barrel-aged. Cognacs from Petite Champagne bring complexity to the blend. Depending on the blends, other crus' eaux-de-vie distilled by Merlet can be called upon. The Merlet VSOP Cognac is characterized by intense yet subtle fruity notes, such as peach, and a supple and round palate.