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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 handsome gift pack from Hennessy, featuring their decadent XO Cognac, a hip flask shaped like the distinctive XO bottle and a funnel so you don't end up with Cognac on the floor when you try to fill...  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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A very important Cognac, the VIP XO Grande Champagne Cognac is elegantly rich and spicy. Frapin originally started making wine, but they eventually forayed into the distilling world, and with good...  More info
$196.59
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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$173.78
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
$106.45
The Multimillésime collection from Frapin is an ongoing series displaying the House's skills and honouring their history by blending multiple vintages of eaux-de-vie to create incredible Grande...  More info
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A stunning recent release from Courvoisier, this marks the first time Cognac from a top house has been released with an age statement! This was made using eaux de vie from the premier Grande Champagne...  More info
$226.17
Fillioux cognacs are aged solely in Limousin casks with no added boisé (boiled down wood chips added to give a sense of maturity). Instead, the spirits are aged using time-honoured traditions. This is...  More info
$88.12
Single estate XO Cognac from Frapin, one of the most well respected Cognac houses in the Grande Champagne region. Floral and fruit filled with a rich, long finish, the XO is well balanced and...  More info
$148.68
Handsomely presented and well matured, this is an XO Grande Champagne Cognac from Daniel Bouju, made from grapes grown in their St-Preuil estate, which resides at the heart of the Grande Champagne...  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
$75.28
Matured in oak for 38 year, this Grande Champagne Cognac from Louis Royer is a very special release indeed. The barrels that housed the eaux-de-vie for 38 years were kept safe and out of sight, before...  More info
$341.58
Richard Hennessy
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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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This is a delicious cognac form Pierre Ferrand, made with spirit from the premier region - the Grande Champagne. This fabulous brandy was awarded a Gold Medal at both the Cognac Masters and the...  More info
$62.55
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
$265.73
Frapin VSOP Cognac
(70cl, 40%)
An exceptional VSOP Grande Champagne Cognac made by the House of Frapin, blended with eaux-de-vie made of the grapes from Frapin's large estate in France. The maturation period of the Cognac gives it...  More info
$81.34
Maxime Trijol VSOP
(70cl, 40%)
Classic VSOP Cognac from Maxime Trijol. The family installed the first still in November of 1859. The company now owns 20 2,500 litre charentais pot stills, and they are one of the largest distillers...  More info
$45.33
Using eaux-de-vie from the Grande and Petite Champagne regions, matured for between 20 and 50 years and expertly blended, the Rémy Martin Centaure de Diamant is an extraordinary expression, created by...  More info
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An XO Grande Champagne Cognac from Daniel Bouju, a renowned family-owned Cognac house from the heart of the Grande Champagne region. They age their expressions in Limousin oak casks, and this XO will...  More info
$96.62
Martell Creation
(70cl, 40%)
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
$485.37
Aged for slightly longer than a VS, this is designed for the contemporary brandy market. Exclusif is very fruity and rich, and works great in cocktails.  More info
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$54.88
A very old, single estate Cognac from Leyrat, the Glory Extra is made using eaux-de-vie matured in casks that were hidden in the far reaches of Leyrat's 'Chai Paradise' cellar - which sounds like a...  More info
$386.78
Louis Royer XO
(70cl, 40%)
XO Cognac from the Louis Royer House on the bank of the Charente River. One of their prize expressions, which has won handfuls of awards for its stunningly well balanced palate which comes from the...  More info
$158.53
Maxime Trijol VS
(70cl, 40%)
A vibrant, balanced Cognac, Maxime Trijol VS offers up delicious fruity, floral notes - possibly the most summery Cognac you'll ever try.  More info
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The Frapin Signature Cognac is made with 100% Grande Champagne grapes which have been harvested from their vast estate in the South West of France. Its flavours develop brilliantly on the palate, with...  More info
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