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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 handsome gift pack from Hennessy, featuring their decadent XO Cognac, a hip flask shaped like the distinctive XO bottle and a funnel so you don't end up with Cognac on the floor when you try to fill...  More info
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Boasting oodles of fig and marmalade notes, this is a fabulous vintage Cognac, distilled in 1961 using nothing but grapes from the premier Grande Champagne region of Cognac. A beautiful spirit from...  More info
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A stunning 1985 vintage cognac from top producers Hine. This was brought over to England in 1989, where it was aged in British cellars before bottling in 2004. Brilliant.  More info
Hine Antique
(70cl, 40%)
An enjoyable cognac from Hine, blended from 40 eaux-de-vie from the Grande Champagne and Petite Champagne regions. This "antique" bottling was matured for at least 15 years.  More info
A new addition to the Hine range, the classic Antique is now "Premier Cru". Before it was a Fine Champagne (a blend of cognacs from both the Grande and Petite Champagne regions) now it is just...  More info
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$174.34
A 1980s bottling of Hine Signature, made from grapes grown in the Petit Champagne. Funnily enough, the bottle does actually feature a signature of Thomas Hine. Neat!  More info
$159.47
Hine VSOP - 1980s
(100cl, 40%)
A fantastic bottle of Hine VSOP from the 1980s. Collectible and rare.  More info
$239.21
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
$299.01
A Grande Champagne Cognac, presented in an attractive decanter. Napoléon cognacs are generally aged somewhere in between VSOP and XO.  More info
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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
$159.89
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
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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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$144.27
Martell Cordon Bleu celebrated its centenary in 2012, however this classic cognac hails from the 1990s.  More info
$199.34
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 - 1960s
(95cl, 40%)
A 1960s bottling of classic three star (VS) cognac from Martell.  More info
$398.68
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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