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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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An XO expression from independent Cognac house, La Gabare, founded in 1992 by Jean Grosperrin. They use a blend of Petit Champagne and Grande Champagne eaux-de-vie to produce this warming, rancio-rich...  More info
$126.15
Made with eaux-de-vie aged for at least 25 years, this Grande Champagne Cognac from A.E. Dor is a right spicy little number, but well rounded in the way that old, finely crafted Cognac often seems to...  More info
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The A.E. Dor No.7 Cognac, made using eaux-de-vie from the Grande Champagne region, one of the most well-respected in Cognac. This is a powerful, dynamic expression, particularly on the palate.  More info
$335.43
A very old Cognac from A.E. Dor, using eaux-de-vie sourced from the Grande Champagne region. The house was founded in 1858 in Jarnac, meaning they lived through the phylloxera outbreak, in the latter...  More info
$427.65
Courvoisier, L'Essence is blended from eaux-de-vies from the last two centuries, some dating back to the early 1900s.
The eaux-de-vies come from Grande Champagne and Borderies.
It's a no-holds...  More info
$3406.62
From the Grosperrin range of rare vintage Cognac comes this 1990 expression, produced using grapes from the Grande Champagne region, one of if not the most renowned region  More info
$177.48
A rare 1975 vintage Fin Bois Cognac from the relatively new, independent Cognac house, La Gabare. The brand is named after the house's founder, Jean Grosperrin.  More info
$270.00
L'Or de Jean Martell, like Hennessy's Richard Hennessy release, celebrates the founder of one of the great cognac houses with a super premium release they would be proud of. Martell, founded in 1715...  More info
$4015.88
An extraordinary blend of cognacs from the very finest cru, including some over 50 years old!  More info
$932.11
Martell Cordon Bleu
(70cl, 40%)
Martell Cordon Bleu was originally created by Edouard Martell in 1912. It is a sultry, stylish cognac with a lovely fruity, spicy flavour.  More info
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$136.42
A smooth and supple Cognac made with spirit aged for between 20 and 35 years. It is made with some old Borderies Cognac, known for its woody style. The results are spicy, smooth as silk and very...  More info
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$120.12
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
$109.88
This bottle of the much-celebrated Louis XIII Cognac, from the house of Rémy Martin, was bottled between 1987 and 2004. The Louis XIII expression is one of the top releases from the renowned Cognac...  More info
$3056.22
Meukow VS
(70cl, 40%)
Established around a century-and-a-half ago, Meukow is a legendary Cognac house. This delicious VS is an elegant, great value-for-money blend which will work superbly in cocktails, or after a fine...  More info
$45.87
One of Louis Royer's most well known expressions, their Extra Cognac is made completely from eaux-de-vie taken from the Grande Champagne region, producing a remarkably well-balanced and richly...  More info
$425.17
ABK6 VSOP Grand Cru Cognac is a single estate expression made by the family-owned Cognac house, whom have seen snapping up award after award in recent years. A sublime Cognac in many, many way. Named...  More info
$61.51
An amazing little Cognac from Godet, aged for 7 years in old oak, before being naturally filtered, resulting in a very light, pale hue. Godet Antarctica is distilled from the Folle Blanche grape and...  More info
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$62.63
Hennessy Paradis
(70cl, 40%)
Paradis was conceived in 1979 by Maurice Fillioux, a master blender at Hennessy. He blended a selection of eaux-de-vie that his grandfather had laid down.  More info
$796.36
A very old, single estate Cognac from Leyrat, the Glory Extra is made using eaux-de-vie matured in casks that were hidden in the far reaches of Leyrat's 'Chai Paradise' cellar - which sounds like a...  More info
$388.03
A beautiful Fins Bois Cognac from Leyrat, blended from spirit aged for over 30 years, the lot number refers to the potential distillation year. It is a lovely brandy, and a great digestif.  More info
$138.80
Godet VS
(70cl, 40%)
Godet's VS is a 3 year old Cognac, blended from Fins Bois, Borderies and Bons Bois spirit. It is a robust, powerful spirit with custard and calves leather notes.  More info
$38.52
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
$50.45
An antique bottle of Hennessy VSOP Reserve, which we believe to have been produced in the 1960s. A rare piece for collectors. Sellotape is wrapped around the bottle top.  More info
$471.24
Back in the days (specifically the days in the 1950s, among others), De Luze Cognacs went by a much longer name. This name was A. de Luze & Fils, which is featured on the antique bottle on the Grand...  More info
$471.24
3 Star Cognac from Courvoisier, which these days would be known as VS. The French Cognac experts produced this relic back in the 1960s, when the 3 Star name was widely used. Very collectible and...  More info
$226.19
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