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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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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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Landy VS
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This is a superb VS Cognac from Ferrand's Landy range. It was distilled from grapes grown in the Grande Champagne, the Petite Champagne and the Fins Bois regions. The result is a supple, fruity brandy...  More info
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Top quality cognac from Ragnaud Sabourin, distilled exclusively from Ugni Blanc grapes grown in the premier Grande Champagne region.  More info
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Bernard Gauthier, who is also the current Mayor of Malaville, is the head of this old family owned Cognac - one of the oldest being founded in 1750. Despite their grand history, Gauthier remain an...  More info
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A VSOP Cognac blended from eaux-de-vie from the Fins Bois and Petite Champagne regions. Jean Fillioux is produce some exceptional cognacs.  More info
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Made on the Ragnaud-Sabourin family's private Grande Champagne estates (first established in 1850). All of the cognacs here are matured as vintage cognacs - there is no blending between years. This is...  More info
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Geffard VSOP Cognac
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Henri Geffard's family have been making Cognac on their estate since 1840, this is their rather fine VSOP.  More info
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20 year old Frapin Cognac which has spent its life at the Château de Fontpinot on the Frapin family's extensive 300 hectare estate in the Grande Champagne region. This is the 1989 vintage.  More info
$214.66
A 70cl bottling of ABK6 Cognac's excellent single estate VS from Abceassis Domaine. A Gold medal winner at the International Spirits Challenge in 2010.  More info
$54.55
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 family of Henri Geffard have been making Cognac on their estate since 1840, and the quality remains until this day.  More info
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Courvoisier VS 1.5l
(150cl, 40%)
A 1 and a 1/2 litre bottle Courvoisier VS. A great Cognac with a floral, oaky flavour. Reputed to be the preferred Cognac of Napoleon.  More info
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$81.47
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
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This delicious Cognac from Pierre Ferrand was distilled from nothing but Grande Champagne grapes and the result was awarded 94 points and a gold medal in 2009 from the Chicago Beverage Testing...  More info
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Landy VSOP
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Landy VSOP is aged for a minimum of four years in oak before bottling. It is made using eaux-de-vie from the Grande and Petite Champagne regions, as well as the Fins Bois. Rumour has it that Snoop...  More info
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Carefully distilled by Pascal J Fillioux, this Cognac was aged entirely in new oak barrels. Delicious. La Pouyade is French for "The Pouyade".  More info
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This is a twelve year old XO Cognac from the family-run Banchereau estate.  More info
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An intense Grande Champagne from Ragnaud Sabourin. This is marked by a classic Rancio character, with hints of coffee, cedar and leather. This set comes with two tasting glasses  More info
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The Daniel Bouju estate is situated in St. Preuil, Charente in the Grande Champagne region of France. They use Ugni Blanc grapes to make their Cognac, and age it in Limousin oak casks. Their VSOP is a...  More info
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Martell VS
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This classic VS cognac from Martell is largely made with Ugni Blanc grapes from the Borderies region. The results are fruity and woody and quite complex.  More info
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The label of this Hennessy Bras Armé Cognac from the 1960s has been through the wars and seen better days, but the protective force-field that surrounds the Cognac (also known as glass) has kept every...  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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Distilled in 1981, and brought for ageing in cellars in Bristol, England, this Early Landed cognac from Hine harkens back to the old days of brandy. Very subtle and well balanced. A lesson in harmony…...  More info
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Initiale Extra is a beautifully packaged Cognac from Courvoisier, made with eaux-de-vie distilled from Grande Champagne and Borderies grapes. The result is rich and full.  More info
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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
$158.87
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