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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 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
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An early 1980s bottling of Hennessey VS Cognac. Around 40 eaux-de-vie make the spectacular brandy, so we would agree that it really is very special.  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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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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Martell VS - 1960s
(95cl, 40%)
A 1960s bottling of classic three star (VS) cognac from Martell.  More info
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Hine VSOP - 1980s
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A fantastic bottle of Hine VSOP from the 1980s. Collectible and rare.  More info
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Distilled by Maxime Trijol from grapes from the Borderies region of Cognac (a region known for its distinctly woody/floral spirit). This is very rich spirit, with a wonderful violet flavour. Highly...  More info
This XO Cognac from Le Réviseur is made with grapes from the petite champagne region.  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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A Fins Bois Cognac, aged for at least four years in oak, this is distilled at the D'Aumagne distillery and it was selected by Douglas Denham, by Appointment of Diners Club International  More info
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Berry's XO Cognac - specifically designed for after-dinner drinking. Compliments the 'Berry's good ordinary…' range perfectly. Great Cognac at what is certainly a competitive price.  More info
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Produced by the legendary Cognac house Audry, Memorial is a Fine Champagne brandy - a blend of spirit from the premier Grande and Petite Champagne region. In this case, it is a 60:40 blend of Grande...  More info
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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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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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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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Courvoisier VS 1.5l
(150cl, 40%)
A 1 and a 1/2 litre bottle Courvoisier VS. A great Cognac with a floral, oaky flavour. Reputed to be the preferred Cognac of Napoleon.  More info
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Hennessy VSOP - 1970s
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Hennessey VSOP from the Seventies! That's right, this is an antique bottle from one of the most popular Cognac Houses in the world, which is also favoured by the rap music community.  More info
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De Luze Extra Delight
(70cl, 40%)
De Luze's flagship Cognac comes beautifully packaged. It is a Fine Champagne spirit, distilled at Domaine Boinaud and it offers masses of flavour and complexity. Stunning stuff.  More info
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Courvoisier XO's classic packaging may not have changed all that much over the years, but this bottling is from 1987, the same year Rick Astley’s Never Gonna Give You Up was released. Sorry about...  More info
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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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This gift pack from Rémy Martin contains a bottle of their famous VSOP Cognac and two branded glasses to enjoy it with.  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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Godet Sélection Spéciale VSOP is aged for 10 years in oak, and it is blended from spirit from the Petite Champagne, Borderies and Fins Bois Cognac regions. It was awarded a Gold Medal at the Poznam...  More info
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Frapin VS Cognac
(70cl, 40%)
An exquisite Grande Champagne VS Cognac from the House of Frapin, who happened to make their headquarters in the ridiculously awesome Fontpinot Castle in the Grande Champagne region of France. Why?...  More info
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Frapin VSOP Cognac
(70cl, 40%)
An exceptional VSOP Grande Champagne Cognac made by the House of Frapin, blended with eaux-de-vie made of the grapes from Frapin's large estate in France. The maturation period of the Cognac gives it...  More info
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