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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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The VSOP Force 53° expression from the House of Louis Royer in Jarnac is bottled at 53% ABV - rather high for a Cognac! While intense and powerful enjoyed neat, the added 'oomph' behind this VSOP...  More info
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A perfectly balanced VS cognac from top producers Jean Fillioux. This is made with eaux de vie from just the Grande Champagne region, the premier cognac designation.  More info
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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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Made from grapes from the Petite Champagne region, Le Réviseur VSOP is oaky and nutty with lots of balance.  More info
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The 1991 vintage of Frapin's 20 year old Cognac, made at the Château de Fontpinot on their fancy estate in Segonzac. An award-winning Cognac house, Frapin produced some fantastic expressions, and this...  More info
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