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Cognac

Cognac has long since been heralded as the most revered spirit in the world and its reputation is second to none. It is interesting to learn that Cognac was one of the last regions in France to begin distilling; it was during the 17th century that Cognac production got underway in earnest.

The drink is produced in the town of Cognac to the very west of France, and it has had a recent surge in popularity and the famed Cognac houses - including Hennessy, Hine, Martell and Rémy Martin – have become household names.

Cognac is distilled from a selection of grape varietals, with Ugni Blanc being the most popular. The first step is to press and ferment the grapes to make wine. It is worth mentioning that good Cognac grapes and good wine grapes are two separate entities, for different qualities are required. Cognac grapes do not tend to make for good wine, because they are rather bitter and acidic, thus a good year for wine may not be such for Cognac.

The wine is twice distilled - as opposed to Armagnac which undergoes a single distillation – before the spirit is matured for at least two years in oak barrels. There are regional distinctions within Cognac and most houses usually blend grapes from multiple sub-regions within the Cognac area. The regions are ringed around the town, and the most central regions are the most venerated. The premier cru is Grand Champagne, so named for the nature of its soils.

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A Cognac at least fifty years old. Jean Fillioux's vineyards lie in Juillac Le Coq in the Grande Champagne region of Cognac.  More info
$296.45
Courvoisier 3 Star Cognac eventually had its name changed to Courvoisier VS, but this bottle from the 1970s still uses the old title. A rare collectible.  More info
$203.34
A very popular Fine Champagne bottled in the instantly recognisable frosted bottle. The blend contains 55% Grande Champagne eaux-de-vie, the rest being made up from the Petite Champagne.  More info
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Rare and collectible, this bottle of Courvoisier 3 Star Cognac was produced and released to the wild in the early 1980s.  More info
$162.67
The Monnet Cognac house was founded in 1838 but was only given the Monnet name in 1897. This bottle of their VSOP Cognac was produced in the 1960s and features an emblem of a fire-breathing...  More info
$305.00
A 1970s Rémy Martin VSOP from the 1970s, complete with the original presentation box featuring the distinctive centaur logo. It does seem to have some cellophane covering the bottle neck.  More info
$406.67
Bottled in the 1970s, we present an antique bottle Hennessy VS (or Very Special, as the label so proudly proclaims). A very simplistic label and bottle from over 30 years ago.

Please note that the...  More info
$203.34
Bottled in the 1970s, this Martell VS Cognac has survived for other 30 years without even a sip being taken from it. Quite a feat, considering how well made their Cognacs are. Cellophane is wrapped...  More info
$305.00
Hine Antique
(70cl, 40%)
An enjoyable cognac from Hine, blended from 40 eaux-de-vie from the Grande Champagne and Petite Champagne regions. This "antique" bottling was matured for at least 15 years.  More info
Martell VSOP
(70cl, 40%)
A very popular VSOP Cognac from the famed Martell. The bottle features a small portrait of Louis XIV, for it was in his last year as monarch that the Martell house was founded.  More info
This Cognac from the famous Croizet house is an 1875 vintage, extraordinary enough due to its age, but when you consider that this year lies slap bang in the middle of the phylloxera crisis that...  More info
$2033.36
Produced in the 1980s, this bottle of Courvoisier 3 Star Cognac has been looked after very well. A fine antique that one Trevor Tahiem Smith, Jr. would surely appreciate.  More info
$203.34
Rémy Martin is one of the most famous Cognac brands out there, known for it's distinctive flavour profile and frosted-glass bottle (and it's emblem, which is a centaur throwing a javelin of some...  More info
$122.00
Cognac Vintage 1968
(70cl, 40%)
A vintage Cognac, distilled on the 29th January 1968, matured in casks 6 and 7 and bottled in 1999 by the Scotch whisky company, Gordon and MacPhail.  More info
$138.86
A Cognac made with eaux de vie from the Petite Champagne. Château de la Raillerie makes its spirit using a selection of Ugni Blanc, Colombard and Sémillion - which is quite unusual. Petite Champagne...  More info
Sélection du Château is a 10 year old cognac from Raillerie, it is their younger blend, and it is an elegant brandy. In 2005, Matthew Jukes of the Daily Mail said this of it: "If you buy one bottle of...  More info
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A great VSOP from Leyrat, this was produced at the vineyards at Domaine de Chez Maillard. They say the terroir is exceptionally good for Cognac production.  More info
$68.35
Richard Hennessy
(70cl, 40%)
The world's most luxurious, prestigious Cognac. Richard Hennessy is an incredible blend of over a 100 finest quality eaux-de-vie, a number of which date back as far as the early 1800s. Richard...  More info
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$3483.97
A truly stunning Cognac from Rémy Martin. It is blended from around 1,200 different eaux-de-vie from the Grande Champagne appellation, and some of the spirit was distilled more than 100 years...  More info
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$3121.21
Maurice Hennessy actually created the term "XO" for this cognac, and it's a wonderful brandy created with over 100 different eaux-de-vie. This gift set comes with two tumblers.  More info
Made in the Fins Bois region, Cognac Leyrat's Lot 10 is a sweet, spicy, floral spirit. This is aged for 10 years is stunning and excellent value for money for a cognac of this age!  More info
An XO cognac from the Fine Bois region (expect a spicy, sweet, floral spirit) with oodles of flavour, and hints of Rancio. Another classic from Leyrat!  More info
Maxime Trijol 1968
(70cl, 40%)
With notes of nuts and honey on the nose, and a fruity, spicy, coffee-like palate, this is a stunning vintage cognac from Maxime Trijol. Distilled in St Martial Sur Né in 1968, this is a stunning...  More info
$202.76
With classic Cognac rancio, Maxime Trijol's Ancestral is a truly stunning spirit. It offers spices, candied tangerine peel and hints of truffle. Absolutely beautiful stuff!  More info
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$782.05
Maxime Trijol VS 1.5l
(150cl, 40%)
Maxime Trijol store this cognac in oak barrels from the Limousin and Troncais forests, ageing the spirit in younger wood for the first year. This VS is intensely fruity and floral.  More info
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