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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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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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XO Cognac from the A.E. Dor house, made with a rich blend of Grande and Petit Champagne eaux-de-vie. Light, honeyed, delicate and supremely well crafted.  More info
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Abk6 Ice Cognac
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With the ABK6 Ice Cognac, you can take everything you know about letting a Cognac warm up in your hand and leave it behind, because this Cognac is specially made to be served on ice! With aromas of...  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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Audry Exception is a beautiful Cognac made by blending eaux-de-vie from the regions two premier designations: the Grande and Petite Champagne. A flagship product for the brand, look out for just a...  More info
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This is a twelve year old XO Cognac from the family-run Banchereau estate.  More info
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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
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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
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An antique litre bottle of Cognac, produced by Bernaldo de Quirós (the drinks producers, not the post-impressionist Argentine painter from the early-to-mid-1900s, obviously) in the 1960s.

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A rather retro bottle of Bisquit VSOP Cognac, produced in the 1970s. the Bisquit Dubouché et Cie House of Cognac has been around for nearly two centuries, and continues to produce Cognac even today...  More info
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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
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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
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The Napoleon expression from the House of Chagnoleau, made with a blend of well-matured eaux-de-vie, resulting in a flavour profile packed with vanilla, dried apricots and elegant oak.  More info
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This XO Cognac comes from the Chagnoleau House of Cognac. Made with well-aged, expertly crafted eaux-de-vie, this deluxe expression has taken on a magnificent copper profile with glimmers of ruby...  More info
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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
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The Club Cigare XO is a blend of well aged eaux-de-vie (an average of around 30 years) from the Grande Champagne region, made to accompany a wide variety of cigars. Of course, this doesn't mean that...  More info
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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
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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 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
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