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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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Camus Cognac - 1960s
(70cl, 40%)
This Grande Marque Cognac from Camus was bottled back in the 1960s. This is a great collectable or a fantastic opportunity to try a Cognac from years gone by.  More info
$287.92
This Remy Martin is distilled slowly to create an extra smooth Cognac with delicious fruity notes. The bottle comes with two glasses to enjoy the Cognac in.  More info
$68.11
Audry XO
(70cl, 40%)
This is an XO Cognac from the Audry house, made in the "Fine Champagne" style - this means it's a mix of spirit distilled from grapes grown on both of the premier regions: the Grande Champagne and the...  More info
$96.05
An old bottling of classic Courvoisier XO from the 1980s, an excellent cognac from the days when the brand was owned by Hiram Walker and subsequently Allied Lyons.  More info
$191.94
An antique cognac from the finest cru, released in the 1940s by the Lhéraud family and re-bottled in the 1970s  More info
$287.92
An intense, aged Grande Champagne from Ragnaud Sabourin. The 46% abv is reached naturally during the maturation of this fine cognac.  More info
$235.98
This Daniel Bouju Grande Champagne Cognac is aged new Limousin oak casks, after which it is presented "Non filtré" and, rather surprisingly, at cask strength - an eye watering 60% ABV. There's really...  More info
$116.01
A 1950s bottling of VSOP cognac from Bisquit, this great cognac house was founded in 1819 with this bottling dating from a time when Winston Churchill was enjoying it, prior to the '60s takeover by...  More info
$575.83
Martell VS - 1960s
(95cl, 40%)
A 1960s bottling of classic three star (VS) cognac from Martell.  More info
$383.89
Jean Fillioux Coq
(70cl, 40%)
A Grande Champagne Cognac, produced on the Fillioux family's 54 acre vineyards.  More info
$68.09
A Grande Champagne Cognac, presented in an attractive decanter. Napoléon cognacs are generally aged somewhere in between VSOP and XO.  More info
$103.62
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
$279.84
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
$287.92
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
$191.94
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
$287.92
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
$1919.45
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
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$131.08
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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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
$191.40
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