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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 Cognac at least fifty years old. Jean Fillioux's vineyards lie in Juillac Le Coq in the Grande Champagne region of Cognac.  More info
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A superb XO Grande Champagne Cognac from the Jean Fillioux house of Cognac. The Fillioux family have been producing Cognac since 1880, with their estate being established in the Grande Champagne...  More info
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Star Gourmet is a 17 year old Cognac from Jean Fillioux. This Grande Champagne region was aged in Limousin oak casks.  More info
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A Très Vieux from Jean Fillioux, this cognac was recommended by Cuisine et Vins de France in January of 2007.  More info
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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
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This XO Cognac from Le Réviseur is made with grapes from the petite champagne region.  More info
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An antique cognac from the finest cru, released in the 1940s by the Lhéraud family and re-bottled in the 1970s  More info
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A very special and exceptional Cognac from Courvoisier, released to celebrate 2012 - the Chinese Year of the Dragon. This was made with over 100 rare eaux de vie from Grande Champagne and the...  More info
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Martell Cordon Bleu celebrated its centenary in 2012, however this classic cognac hails from the 1990s.  More info
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Wonderfully presented and well preserved over its long lifetime, this bottle of Martell Medallion VSOP Cognac from the 1970s is a brilliant collectible item for the spirits enthusiast with an eye for...  More info
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Martell VS
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This classic VS cognac from Martell is largely made with Ugni Blanc grapes from the Borderies region. The results are fruity and woody and quite complex.  More info
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Martell VS - 1960s
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A 1960s bottling of classic three star (VS) cognac from Martell.  More info
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Bottled in the 1970s, this Martell VS Cognac has survived for other 30 years without even a sip being taken from it. Quite a feat, considering how well made their Cognacs are. Cellophane is wrapped...  More info
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Martell VSOP
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A very popular VSOP Cognac from the famed Martell. The bottle features a small portrait of Louis XIV, for it was in his last year as monarch that the Martell house was founded.  More info
Maxime Trijol 1968
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With notes of nuts and honey on the nose, and a fruity, spicy, coffee-like palate, this is a stunning vintage cognac from Maxime Trijol. Distilled in St Martial Sur Né in 1968, this is a stunning...  More info
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Maxime Trijol 1969
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This incredible 1969 vintage from Maxime Trijol was aged in three casks, 22, 23 and 24. It was bottled on the 20th June 2008, and is part of a release of 1040 numbered bottles. The grapes used to make...  More info
Distilled by Maxime Trijol from grapes from the Borderies region of Cognac (a region known for its distinctly woody/floral spirit). This is very rich spirit, with a wonderful violet flavour. Highly...  More info
With classic Cognac rancio, Maxime Trijol's Ancestral is a truly stunning spirit. It offers spices, candied tangerine peel and hints of truffle. Absolutely beautiful stuff!  More info
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Stunningly presented in a handsome decanter, Maxime Trijol's Extra is distilled from grapes from the Grande Champagne region - the premier designation of Cognac. It offers rich aromas of rancio, with...  More info
A subtle cognac from Maxime Trijol, this spirit is the perfect accompaniment for a fine Cuban cigar. Something we can certainly attest to!  More info
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Maxime Trijol VS 1.5l
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Maxime Trijol store this cognac in oak barrels from the Limousin and Troncais forests, ageing the spirit in younger wood for the first year. This VS is intensely fruity and floral.  More info
The Monnet Cognac house was founded in 1838 but was only given the Monnet name in 1897. This bottle of their VSOP Cognac was produced in the 1960s and features an emblem of a fire-breathing...  More info
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This Cognac was first produced in 1795 by Jean-Baptiste Antoine Otard, this bottle hails from the 1950's and is a rare bottle indeed these days!  More info
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An intense, aged Grande Champagne from Ragnaud Sabourin. The 46% abv is reached naturally during the maturation of this fine cognac.  More info
$239.20
A wonderful unblended cognac from Ragnaud Sabourin, this is made exclusively with spirit distilled from grapes from the Grande Champagne region. Fresh and floral.  More info
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