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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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Hine Rare VSOP Cognac
(70cl, 40%)
Hine Rare VSOP is a blend of Grande and Petite Champagnes (60% is the former). This is what's known as a Fine Champagne. The cognac is aged from between 6 and 12 years, with most being around 8 years...  More info
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Antique Hine Cognac! Look, it even says it on the box! This handsome bottle was made in the 1970s and even comes with the original presentation box.  More info
$305.78
Hine VSOP - 1987
(100cl, 40%)
A 1 litre(!) bottle of Hine VSOP from the 1970s. Perfect for when you have fancy guests round for dinner and drinks. A lot of fancy guests.  More info
$305.78
Several generations of the Denis family have been making this Cognac in the heart of the premier cru Grande Champagne appellation.  More info
$89.54
This is a Grande Champagne Cognac from the family run Jacques Denis distillery. It has an average age of 20 years.  More info
$136.14
A VSOP Cognac blended from eaux-de-vie from the Fins Bois and Petite Champagne regions. Jean Fillioux is produce some exceptional cognacs.  More info
$66.49
Fillioux cognacs are aged solely in Limousin casks with no added boisé (boiled down wood chips added to give a sense of maturity). Instead, the spirits are aged using time-honoured traditions. This is...  More info
$95.61
A rich, full-bodied Cognac, specially blended by Jean Fillioux to pair well with a cigar.  More info
$173.24
Jean Fillioux Coq
(70cl, 40%)
A Grande Champagne Cognac, produced on the Fillioux family's 54 acre vineyards.  More info
$72.32
Carefully distilled by Pascal J Fillioux, this Cognac was aged entirely in new oak barrels. Delicious. La Pouyade is French for "The Pouyade".  More info
$81.19
A perfectly balanced VS cognac from top producers Jean Fillioux. This is made with eaux de vie from just the Grande Champagne region, the premier cognac designation.  More info
$61.31
This bottle of J.G. Monnet 3 Star Cognac, which would eventually become known as VS, was produced in the 1960s and is in fantastic condition. Once again, it features a small fire-breathing salamander...  More info
$305.78
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
$244.63
Landy VS
(70cl, 40%)
This is a superb VS Cognac from Ferrand's Landy range. It was distilled from grapes grown in the Grande Champagne, the Petite Champagne and the Fins Bois regions. The result is a supple, fruity brandy...  More info
$57.37
Landy VSOP
(70cl, 40%)
Landy VSOP is aged for a minimum of four years in oak before bottling. It is made using eaux-de-vie from the Grande and Petite Champagne regions, as well as the Fins Bois. Rumour has it that Snoop...  More info
$68.34
Landy XO No 1
(70cl, 40%)
Landy XO is a fruity, sumptuous Cognac made using spirit from the three premier regions: the Grande Champagne, the Petite Champagne and the Fins Bois. The brandy is distilled in small copper pot...  More info
$130.38
Le Réviseur make their Cognac with grapes from the Petite Champagne Cognac region. This VS offers loads of nutty, fruity notes.  More info
$45.85
Made from grapes from the Petite Champagne region, Le Réviseur VSOP is oaky and nutty with lots of balance.  More info
$62.43
Brilliant single estate XO Cognac, made using grapes taken from the Petit Champagne region of Cognac. Supremely elegant and rich with notes of rancio, oak, vanilla and dried fruit.  More info
$163.51
Matured in oak for 38 year, this Grande Champagne Cognac from Louis Royer is a very special release indeed. The barrels that housed the eaux-de-vie for 38 years were kept safe and out of sight, before...  More info
$370.61
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
$459.81
Louis Royer VS
(70cl, 40%)
The VS expression from Louis Royer, who have been producing Cognac from their premises on the banks of the Charente River since 1853, is young but surprisingly mellow and flavourful. Royer even...  More info
$46.46
Louis Royer VSOP
(75cl, 40%)
The Louis Royer House of Cognac is located on the picturesque bank of the Charente River in Jarnac and has been since it was founded in 1853. Their VSOP Cognac is expertly blended, capturing a fine...  More info
$57.33
Louis Royer XO
(70cl, 40%)
XO Cognac from the Louis Royer House on the bank of the Charente River. One of their prize expressions, which has won handfuls of awards for its stunningly well balanced palate which comes from the...  More info
$172.00
Not only is Major Cognac the name for the world's most ineffectual soldier, it's also the name for this tasty VS Cognac, bottled in the 1960s. It's old and rare.  More info
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