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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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Initiale Extra is a beautifully packaged Cognac from Courvoisier, made with eaux-de-vie distilled from Grande Champagne and Borderies grapes. The result is rich and full.  More info
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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.
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A phenomenal 1980's edition of Napoléon Cognac from Courvoisier beautifully presented and simply delicious.  More info
$305.78
This was released to celebrate Napoleon's love of fine Cognac. Very rich and intense, and utterly delicious. A wonderful example of well-aged Courvoisier.  More info
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$146.01
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
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Courvoisier VS
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Courvoisier proudly boast their Cognac as that of Napoleon. It all started when Napoleon took hundreds of bottles of Courvoisier Cognac for his years of exile. Napoleon told Emmanuel Courvoisier that...  More info
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$37.20
Courvoisier VS 1.5l
(150cl, 40%)
A 1 and a 1/2 litre bottle Courvoisier VS. A great Cognac with a floral, oaky flavour. Reputed to be the preferred Cognac of Napoleon.  More info
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$81.49
A rare old bottling of Courvoisier 3 Star from the 1950s, proudly labelled as "The Brandy of Napoleon".  More info
$407.71
Courvoisier VS 1l
(100cl, 40%)
A litre bottle of Couvoisier VS. The company is based in Jarnac and the company was established in 1835 by Felix Courvoisier.  More info
$61.43
A classic cognac, this is matured for between 8 and 12 years in a selection of Troncais and Limousin oak barrels. This VSOP from Couvoisier is a "Fine Champagne" meaning it is a blend of Cognacs from...  More info
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$55.23
Courvoisier XO Cognac
(70cl, 40%)
A new bottling of Courvoisier XO, a brilliant example of well aged, expertly blended and altogether delectable Cognac. Featuring very old eaux-di-vie from the Grande Champagne, Petite Champagne and...  More info
$121.01
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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$129.91
From the family-run Cognac house of Daniel Bouju in the village of Saint Preuil comes this wonderful Sélection Spéciale Grande Champagne Cognac. Matured in Limousin oak, it's slightly floral in...  More info
$71.55
The Daniel Bouju estate is situated in St. Preuil, Charente in the Grande Champagne region of France. They use Ugni Blanc grapes to make their Cognac, and age it in Limousin oak casks. Their VSOP is a...  More info
$81.30
A Grande Champagne Cognac blended from well-aged eaux-de-vie, this enjoys a two year marriage. It is "pale" for it has a light hue, despite its age, and is "dry" for it has no added sweetener.  More info
$117.64
De Luze A
(70cl, 43%)
A very stylish little Cognac from De Luze, this is a Fine Champagne, meaning it is distilled from grapes grown in the two premier regions of Cognac - Petite and Grande Champagne.  More info
$73.49
A very well aged Cognac from Jacques Ordonneau. This was matured for between 25 and 30 years, and was produced using grapes from the Borderies region - the result is a hearty, violet-flavoured cognac...  More info
$84.75
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
$244.63
An extremely old bottling of Cognac from Eschenauer & Co. This rare spirit is an 1892 vintage, meaning that it was distilled over 120 years ago!  More info
$2038.56
This family-owned Napoleon Cognac has been aged for between fifteen and twenty years and delivers fruit and spice flavours in abundance.  More info
$115.76
20 year old Frapin Cognac which has spent its life at the Château de Fontpinot on the Frapin family's extensive 300 hectare estate in the Grande Champagne region. This is the 1989 vintage.  More info
$214.71
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
$208.09
Single estate XO Cognac from Frapin, one of the most well respected Cognac houses in the Grande Champagne region. Floral and fruit filled with a rich, long finish, the XO is well balanced and...  More info
$158.91
Frapin Cigar Blend
(70cl, 40%)
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
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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
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