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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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This is an XO Cognac from the Audry house, made in the "Fine Champagne" style - this means it's a mix of spirit distilled from grapes grown on both of the premier regions: the Grande Champagne and the...  More info
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This XO Cognac boasts an impressive twenty-five years of ageing and is produced by the family run Banchereau distillery.  More info
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A 1950s bottling of VSOP cognac from Bisquit, this great cognac house was founded in 1819 with this bottling dating from a time when Winston Churchill was enjoying it, prior to the '60s takeover by...  More info
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Camus Cognac - 1960s
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This Grande Marque Cognac from Camus was bottled back in the 1960s. This is a great collectable or a fantastic opportunity to try a Cognac from years gone by.  More info
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Matured for at least 6 years, this old bottling of Camus Napoleon Cognac dates from the 1960s, a rare collectible!  More info
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A Cognac made with eaux de vie from the Petite Champagne. Château de la Raillerie makes its spirit using a selection of Ugni Blanc, Colombard and Sémillion - which is quite unusual. Petite Champagne...  More info
Sélection du Château is a 10 year old cognac from Raillerie, it is their younger blend, and it is an elegant brandy. In 2005, Matthew Jukes of the Daily Mail said this of it: "If you buy one bottle of...  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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Made in the Fins Bois region, Cognac Leyrat's Lot 10 is a sweet, spicy, floral spirit. This is aged for 10 years is stunning and excellent value for money for a cognac of this age!  More info
A beautiful Fins Bois Cognac from Leyrat, blended from spirit aged for over 30 years, the lot number refers to the potential distillation year. It is a lovely brandy, and a great digestif.  More info
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An XO cognac from the Fine Bois region (expect a spicy, sweet, floral spirit) with oodles of flavour, and hints of Rancio. Another classic from Leyrat!  More info
Cognac Vintage 1968
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A vintage Cognac, distilled on the 29th January 1968, matured in casks 6 and 7 and bottled in 1999 by the Scotch whisky company, Gordon and MacPhail.  More info
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This is an old and rare bottle of Courvoisier's Cognac 3* from the 1960s, a classic bottling that we have acquired for your delectation.  More info
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Although the Couvoisier people named this bottling Three Star, we would give it a few more as it's survived from the 1970s!  More info
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Produced in the 1980s, this bottle of Courvoisier 3 Star Cognac has been looked after very well. A fine antique that one Trevor Tahiem Smith, Jr. would surely appreciate.  More info
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Rare and collectible, this bottle of Courvoisier 3 Star Cognac was produced and released to the wild in the early 1980s.  More info
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Courvoisier 3 Star Cognac eventually had its name changed to Courvoisier VS, but this bottle from the 1970s still uses the old title. A rare collectible.  More info
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If there's one thing we know about Napoleon, it was that he loved fine Cognac. We should probably know other things about him, because he was kind of important during the early 1800s. Despite that...  More info
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This bottle of Courvoisier VS is supplied with two brandy glasses for enjoying this classic Cognac with. The Courvoisier distillery was founded by Felix Courvoisier in 1835.  More info
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VSOP Cognac from the ridiculously talented Courvoisier, produced all the way back in the 1960s. A highly sought after piece by collectors and Cognac lovers (Busta Rhymes, perhaps) alike. The seal is...  More info
$232.75
The "Very Special" part of VSOP is certainly applicable to this antique bottle of Courvoisier VSOP from the 1960s. Rare and in great condition, it's bound to be a prized piece on a spirit collector's...  More info
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Courvoisier XO Cognac
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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
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