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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 wonderful unblended cognac from Ragnaud Sabourin, this is made exclusively with spirit distilled from grapes from the Grande Champagne region. Fresh and floral.  More info
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A Grande Champagne Cognac from Maxime Trijol, this was awarded a Silver medal at the 2009 International Spirits Challenge.  More info
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A perfectly balanced VSOP Cognac, made by exclusively using grapes from the premier Grande Champagne designation. A fruity, aromatic spirit from Ragnaud Sabourin.  More info
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The super-premium Cognac from Martell, Creation is created with top eaux-de-vie, specially selected from Martell's wonderful cellars. This is made with spirit from the Borderies, as well as the Grande...  More info
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Audry Exception
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Audry Exception is a beautiful Cognac made by blending eaux-de-vie from the regions two premier designations: the Grande and Petite Champagne. A flagship product for the brand, look out for just a...  More info
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Hennessy VS 1.5l
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A magnum bottle of the world's most famed VS Cognac. Hennessy VS is aged for between 2 and 5 years.  More info
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Courvoisier proudly boast their Cognac as that of Napoleon. It all started when Napoleon took hundreds of bottles of Courvoisier Cognac for his years of exile. Napoleon told Emmanuel Courvoisier that...  More info
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One of Godet's top Cognacs, Epicure was distilled from the Folle Blanche grape, and it has been aged in oak for 25 years. A creamy, velvety soft spirit with oodles of rich flavour. Very good indeed.  More info
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Godet Excellence XO
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Prisset VSOP Cognac
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Prisset is situated high up at Puycaillon between the Grande and Petit Champagne hills of the Cognac region of France and produces this rather fine Cognac.  More info
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XO Cognac from Richard Delisle - an indulgent and impressively aged expression, where the youngest eau-de-vie in the blend is matured for at least 6 years before being bottled. Would you just look at...  More info
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This was made using the longest aged single barrels of Cognac at the Leyrat paradis. This is an outstanding cognac, made by the company that introduced connoisseurs to great Fins Bois Cognac - a...  More info
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This is a VS Cognac from Pierre Ferrand, made to an original recipe from 1840. It is a premier cru brandy, made from grapes grown in the Grande Champagne region of Cognac. The result was awarded 94...  More info
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A complex nose with hints of nuts, pastries and caramel. This is a beautiful Cognac, made by Leyrat in the Fins Bois region.  More info
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Trijol has built up a great reputation for quality over its long history and this cognac is a perfect example of the standards they set. It's produced in St Martial Sur Né, in the heart of the Cognac...  More info
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Produced by Pierre Ferrand, Sélection des Anges is a rich, old Cognac to which the Chicago Beverage Testing Institute awarded 95 points and a gold medal...  More info
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This was released to celebrate Napoleon's love of fine Cognac. Very rich and intense, and utterly delicious. A wonderful example of well-aged Courvoisier.  More info
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Probably the world's most popular VSOP, Remy Martin has become a benchmark for good cognac. This particular example, blended from cognacs between 4 and 12 years old, is finished in old casks for a...  More info
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