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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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Geffard VSOP Cognac
(70cl, 40%)
Henri Geffard's family have been making Cognac on their estate since 1840, this is their rather fine VSOP.  More info
£54.43
This is the VS Cognac from Richard Delisle, featuring a beautiful amber hue. As a VS Cognac, the youngest eau-de-vie in the blend will have aged in the cask for at least 2 years before it joined this...  More info
£29.69
VSOP Cognac from the House of A.E. Dor, founded in Jarnac in 1858. Since then, they've been producing eau-de-vie using grapes from the Champagne region to create their exquisite expressions.  More info
£43.13
Louis Royer VSOP
(75cl, 40%)
The Louis Royer House of Cognac is located on the picturesque bank of the Charente River in Jarnac and has been since it was founded in 1853. Their VSOP Cognac is expertly blended, capturing a fine...  More info
£37.63
Brilliant single estate XO Cognac, made using grapes taken from the Petit Champagne region of Cognac. Supremely elegant and rich with notes of rancio, oak, vanilla and dried fruit.  More info
£89.45
Richard Braastad, grandson of Sverre Braastad, selected the Cognacs which go into the Tiffon Vieux Superieur Cognac, all of which were aged in oak for over 50 years before finding their way into this...  More info
£109.84
A vintage Fins Bois Cognac, produced by the Richard Delisle house. This is the 1965 vintage from over 45 years ago, quite an achievement indeed. It has also been kept at a very high ABV for a Cognac...  More info
£224.45
A 1980 vintage Grande Champagne Cognac from the Grosperrin range, which they acquired in 2004. It originally belonged to a widow who inherited the brandy and chose to sell it on.  More info
£174.65
Martell VS 1.5l
(150cl, 40%)
Created with mostly Ugni Blanc spirit, the majority of which are from the Borderies region - known for its woody style of cognac. The result is fruity and rich with lots of character. This is the 1.5l...  More info
£55.29
Brission Cognac comes from their 65 hectare estate in Châteaubernard. The grapes used for this VS all came from the Grande Champagne region. An intense, fresh and delicious Cognac, full of character.  More info
£32.19
A delicious entry level VS Cognac from François Voyer, perfect if you fancy getting to know the expressions from this Grande Champagne Cognac house. They use Ugni Blanc grapes and mature their Cognac...  More info
£36.85
This family-owned Napoleon Cognac has been aged for between fifteen and twenty years and delivers fruit and spice flavours in abundance.  More info
£68.14
An XO Cognac from François Voyer, in the Grande Champagne region. To create their expressions, François Voyer use Ugni Blanc grapes which are initally aged in Limousin casks after distillation before...  More info
£82.00
Prisset VSOP Cognac
(70cl, 40%)
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
£51.00
Martell VS 35cl
(35cl, 40%)
A fruity, subtle VS Cognac from Martell. Recommended as a mixing spirit.  More info
£14.28
Louis Royer VS
(70cl, 40%)
The VS expression from Louis Royer, who have been producing Cognac from their premises on the banks of the Charente River since 1853, is young but surprisingly mellow and flavourful. Royer even...  More info
£29.63
A great VSOP from Leyrat, this was produced at the vineyards at Domaine de Chez Maillard. They say the terroir is exceptionally good for Cognac production.  More info
£46.13
A rich, full-bodied Cognac, specially blended by Jean Fillioux to pair well with a cigar.  More info
£79.96
Courvoisier VS 1l
(100cl, 40%)
A litre bottle of Couvoisier VS. The company is based in Jarnac and the company was established in 1835 by Felix Courvoisier.  More info
£36.16
The A.E. Dor Napoléon is a blend of three eaux-de-vie, featuring qualities from three different crus (Grande Champagne, Fins Bois and Borderies) resulting in a deliciously mellow and easy to enjoy...  More info
£67.32
Marcadier-Barbot is a family owned affair that own both the vineyard and the distillery where they make their cognac.  More info
£45.86
A.E. Dor Cigar Cognac
(70cl, 42%)
Produced by the top cognac house A E Dor, this is a delicious Fine Champagne (a blend of Cognac distilled from grapes grown on the premier Grande Chamapagne and Petite Champagne regions). It was...  More info
£91.78
The entry level Cognac from Radnaud-Savourin, this is truly superb stuff, really very good indeed! A lovely VS.  More info
£42.64
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
£1350.00
Not only is Major Cognac the name for the world's most ineffectual soldier, it's also the name for this tasty VS Cognac, bottled in the 1960s. It's old and rare.  More info
£120.00
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