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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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Made with eaux-de-vie aged for at least 25 years, this Grande Champagne Cognac from A.E. Dor is a right spicy little number, but well rounded in the way that old, finely crafted Cognac often seems to...  More info
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The A.E. Dor No.7 Cognac, made using eaux-de-vie from the Grande Champagne region, one of the most well-respected in Cognac. This is a powerful, dynamic expression, particularly on the palate.  More info
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XO Cognac from the A.E. Dor house, made with a rich blend of Grande and Petit Champagne eaux-de-vie. Light, honeyed, delicate and supremely well crafted.  More info
$134.59
In 1968 Daniel Banchereau took over his family's wine estate and in 1991 Daniel and his children installed a distillery so they could produce their own Cognac, this is the excellent result of that...  More info
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Baron Otard VSOP Cognac, all the way from the 1960s and made for the Italian market. The Baron Otard established his Cognac House in 1795, over 200 years ago. The Chateau de Cognac, where the house...  More info
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An antique litre bottle of Cognac, produced by Bernaldo de Quirós (the drinks producers, not the post-impressionist Argentine painter from the early-to-mid-1900s, obviously) in the 1960s.

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A rather retro bottle of Bisquit VSOP Cognac, produced in the 1970s. the Bisquit Dubouché et Cie House of Cognac has been around for nearly two centuries, and continues to produce Cognac even today...  More info
$289.62
Brission Cognac comes from their 65 hectare estate in Châteaubernard. The grapes used for this VS all came from the Grande Champagne region. An intense, fresh and delicious Cognac, full of character.  More info
$51.79
Famous for their winemaking skills, you may be surprised to discover that Calvet also had time to create a Fine Champagne Cognac. Multi-tasking at its finest. An antique from the 1960s.  More info
$386.16
The Napoleon expression from the House of Chagnoleau, made with a blend of well-matured eaux-de-vie, resulting in a flavour profile packed with vanilla, dried apricots and elegant oak.  More info
$158.25
This XO Cognac comes from the Chagnoleau House of Cognac. Made with well-aged, expertly crafted eaux-de-vie, this deluxe expression has taken on a magnificent copper profile with glimmers of ruby...  More info
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Antique Grande Champagne Cognac, all the way from the 1970s! It was made by Château d’Uffaut. There does seem to be sellotape around the neck of the bottle, which actually lets you to see through the...  More info
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A very old Cognac from A.E. Dor, using eaux-de-vie sourced from the Grande Champagne region. The house was founded in 1858 in Jarnac, meaning they lived through the phylloxera outbreak, in the latter...  More info
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A great VSOP from Leyrat, this was produced at the vineyards at Domaine de Chez Maillard. They say the terroir is exceptionally good for Cognac production.  More info
$64.91
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
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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
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A delicious entry level VS Cognac from François Voyer, perfect if you fancy getting to know the expressions from this Grande Champagne Cognac house. They use Ugni Blanc grapes and mature their Cognac...  More info
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Made exclusively with Ugni Blanc grapes from the Grande Champagne, this VSOP Cognac from François Voyer features eaux-de-vie aged for at least 4 years in Limousin casks.  More info
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An XO Cognac from François Voyer, in the Grande Champagne region. To create their expressions, François Voyer use Ugni Blanc grapes which are initally aged in Limousin casks after distillation before...  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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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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A very old and hence rare edition of Courvoisier's 3 Star Cognac. This is a 1960s bottling, bottled at 70 proof and packaged in an 11 and a half fluid ounce bottle.  More info
$115.85
3 Star Cognac from Courvoisier, which these days would be known as VS. The French Cognac experts produced this relic back in the 1960s, when the 3 Star name was widely used. Very collectible and...  More info
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A 1991 bottling of Courvoisier 3 Star Luxe Cognac, which is now known as their VS Cognac. A collectible piece that comes with the original box, which shows they were running a special gift offer with...  More info
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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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