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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 1950s bottling of the brilliant Martell 3 Star Cognac. This comes with a very smart-looking blue label, and a spring cap closure.  More info
$468.68
A phenomenal 1980's edition of Napoléon Cognac from Courvoisier beautifully presented and simply delicious.  More info
$281.21
This is a Grande Champagne Cognac from the family run Jacques Denis distillery. It has an average age of 20 years.  More info
$125.20
Several generations of the Denis family have been making this Cognac in the heart of the premier cru Grande Champagne appellation.  More info
$82.35
In 1968 Daniel Banchereau took over his family's wine estate and in 1991 Daniel and his children installed a distillery so they could produce their own Cognac, this is the excellent result of that...  More info
$82.35
The Pierre Ferrand Abel expression is made with selected well-aged Grande Champagne Cognac from their extensive stocks, chosen specifically for their exquisite characteristics. Ferrand are...  More info
$332.09
Pierre Ferrand's Cognac stands up to the ageing process very well indeed, as evident by the exquisite Ancestrale expression, made with some of the oldest spirits in their cellar. Bountiful notes of...  More info
$663.43
Grande Champagne Cognac from a single vintage, produced by Pierre Ferrand. 1972 provided excellent growing conditions for the grapes, which make Ferrand's Cognac, with a mild spring, a frost in May...  More info
$622.92
Made exclusively with Ugni Blanc grapes from the Grande Champagne, this VSOP Cognac from François Voyer features eaux-de-vie aged for at least 4 years in Limousin casks.  More info
$59.04
A collaboration between Bottega, the Italian company behind the Alexander brand, and the De La Tour distillery in France. A well-rounded Cognac presented in a very shiny metallic-gold bottle...  More info
$94.38
A Grande Champagne Cognac, presented in an attractive decanter. Napoléon cognacs are generally aged somewhere in between VSOP and XO.  More info
$101.20
Famous for their winemaking skills, you may be surprised to discover that Calvet also had time to create a Fine Champagne Cognac. Multi-tasking at its finest. An antique from the 1960s.  More info
$374.94
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
$468.68
Made to go very well with a cigar, this Frapin Cigar Blend Cognac has a luxurious nose of port, hazelnuts and vanilla, followed by a palate of floral and richly fruity notes. Splendid stuff.  More info
$143.66
An exquisite blend of Cognac, taken from the Frapin family's ancient reserves, many of which are well aged. Incredibly indulgent, the Frapin Extra features a nose thick with the aromas of vintage port...  More info
$639.26
An antique bottle from the little-known Cognac house, Marnay. Produced in the 1960s, this Napoleon VSOP Cognac has been looked after very well for over 40 years to make it here today in one piece.  More info
$224.96
An astoundingly old, rare bottle of Courvoisier Napoleon Cognac, produced all the way back in the 1960s. This bottle has seen a lot of life, evident by its age and, rather unfortunately, by the slight...  More info
$374.94
This is a 1970s Rémy Martin Napoleon Fine Champagne Cognac which uses eaux-de-vie from the Grande Champagne region of France. Incredibly rare and collectible, this one.

Unfortunately the box lid...  More info
$468.68
While many of us know Justerini & Brooks for their whisky, the classic J&B Rare, they've also got a history with wine and Cognac, as evident by this 1970s bottle of Justerini & Brooks Special Reserve...  More info
$224.96
Founded in 1875 by Médéric Tiffon, the Tiffon House of Cognac has been based in the Grande Champagne cru for over 100 years. In that time, they have produced some incredible Cognac and continue to do...  More info
$937.35
Baron Otard VSOP Cognac, all the way from the 1960s and made for the Italian market. The Baron Otard established his Cognac House in 1795, over 200 years ago. The Chateau de Cognac, where the house...  More info
$374.94
With a chain that Mr. T would be jealous of, this bottle of Rouyer Guillet Fine Champagne Cognac is a very special antique piece which comes from the 1960s.  More info
$562.41
Antique Grande Champagne Cognac, all the way from the 1970s! It was made by Château d’Uffaut. There does seem to be sellotape around the neck of the bottle, which actually lets you to see through the...  More info
$281.21
A bottle of E. Normandin 3 Star Cognac, produced over 40 years ago in the 1960s. The label features the shadow of Napoléon, sat atop a horse like he often was (or at least that's how it seems from the...  More info
$224.96
An extraordinary piece of history here. 1914 is known as the 'Ladies Vintage', as the outbreak of war meant that women did much of the distilling that year. Subsequently brought over to the UK on...  More info
$1874.70
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