I understand that there are certain additives that can be added to cognac - caramel, "wood syrup" and sugar syrup.

Now, I know that bourbon can't have any additives and that scotch can have caramel added. But I find it quite off-putting knowing that cognac (and armagnac) can have sugar and wood syrup added legally. I can live with caramel in Scotch but not sugar and fake wood.

I'm trying to ascertain whether all cognac has such additives. Would, say a Remy VSOP have sugar and wood added?

I enjoy cognac but would prefer to taste unadulterated spirit. If even the mid-range stuff (say the VSOP's from the big houses) have stuff added, then I'll stick to whisky.

Anyone know anything about cognac and additives?