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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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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
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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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Landy VS
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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
$53.95
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
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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
$122.60
Le Réviseur make their Cognac with grapes from the Petite Champagne Cognac region. This VS offers loads of nutty, fruity notes.  More info
$43.11
Made from grapes from the Petite Champagne region, Le Réviseur VSOP is oaky and nutty with lots of balance.  More info
$58.71
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
$153.75
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
$348.50
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
$432.38
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
$43.69
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
$53.91
The VSOP Force 53° expression from the House of Louis Royer in Jarnac is bottled at 53% ABV - rather high for a Cognac! While intense and powerful enjoyed neat, the added 'oomph' behind this VSOP...  More info
$54.23
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
$161.74
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
$3108.08
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
$191.69
Marcadier-Barbot is a family owned affair that own both the vineyard and the distillery where they make their cognac.  More info
$73.26
An antique bottle from the little-known Cognac house, Marnay. Produced in the 1960s, this Napoleon VSOP Cognac has been looked after very well for over 40 years to make it here today in one piece.  More info
$230.03
3 Star Cognac, made by Martell in the 1970s. An excellent collectible piece, kept in wonderful condition. The Martell Cognac House was founded in 1715, making it one of the oldest around - and they're...  More info
$287.54
A rare 1950s bottle of the Martell 3 Star VOP (AKA - Very Old Pale, as it says on the bottle). It may not say special on the bottle, but we think it's pretty darn special considering it was made over...  More info
$575.08
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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$138.74
Martell Creation
(70cl, 40%)
The super-premium Cognac from Martell, Creation is created with top eaux-de-vie, specially selected from Martell's wonderful cellars. This is made with spirit from the Borderies, as well as the Grande...  More info
$495.21
A 1982 bottling of Martell Medaillon VSOP Cognac, produced over 30 years ago. Very collectible and rare.  More info
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A extremely rare, antique Cognac from the House of Martell, specially produced in commemoration of Queen Elizabeth II's Silver Jubilee in 1977. For this spectacular release, Martell blended together...  More info
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Martell VS
(70cl, 40%)
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
$36.73
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