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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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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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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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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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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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Frapin VSOP Cognac
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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
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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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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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A Très Vieux from Jean Fillioux, this cognac was recommended by Cuisine et Vins de France in January of 2007.  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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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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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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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
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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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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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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
$83.31
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
$156.95
From top Cognac producers, Merlet, comes this brilliantly blended expression made from some of their finest stocks, including Petit Champagne from 1993, Fins Bois from 1992 and 2003 and Grande...  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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Frapin VS Cognac
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An exquisite Grande Champagne VS Cognac from the House of Frapin, who happened to make their headquarters in the ridiculously awesome Fontpinot Castle in the Grande Champagne region of France. Why?...  More info
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Marcadier-Barbot is a family owned affair that own both the vineyard and the distillery where they make their cognac.  More info
$76.95
Martell VS
(70cl, 40%)
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
$38.57
Maxime Trijol VS
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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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Released in 2011, this stunning Cognac from Hennessy is a blend of incredibly rare spirit distilled in the 19th and 20th centuries. It was inspired by a special brandy created by Hennessy in 1818 for...  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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