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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 the VS Cognac from Richard Delisle, featuring a beautiful amber hue. As a VS Cognac, the youngest eau-de-vie in the blend will have aged in the cask for at least 2 years before it joined this...  More info
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Back in the days (specifically the days in the 1950s, among others), De Luze Cognacs went by a much longer name. This name was A. de Luze & Fils, which is featured on the antique bottle on the Grand...  More info
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This bottle of J.G. Monnet 3 Star Cognac, which would eventually become known as VS, was produced in the 1960s and is in fantastic condition. Once again, it features a small fire-breathing salamander...  More info
$292.61
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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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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An extraordinary piece of history here. 1914 is known as the 'Ladies Vintage', as the outbreak of war meant that women did much of the distilling that year. Subsequently brought over to the UK on...  More info
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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
$234.09
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
$354.65
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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With a chain that Mr. T would be jealous of, this bottle of Rouyer Guillet Fine Champagne Cognac is a very special antique piece which comes from the 1960s.  More info
$585.23
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
$390.15
Founded in 1875 by Médéric Tiffon, the Tiffon House of Cognac has been based in the Grande Champagne cru for over 100 years. In that time, they have produced some incredible Cognac and continue to do...  More info
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Antique Hine Cognac! Look, it even says it on the box! This handsome bottle was made in the 1970s and even comes with the original presentation box.  More info
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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
$234.09
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
$156.06
This is a 1970s Rémy Martin Napoleon Fine Champagne Cognac which uses eaux-de-vie from the Grande Champagne region of France. Incredibly rare and collectible, this one.

Unfortunately the box lid...  More info
$487.69
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
$390.15
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
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A very popular Fine Champagne bottled in the instantly recognisable frosted bottle. The blend contains 55% Grande Champagne eaux-de-vie, the rest being made up from the Petite Champagne.  More info
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The 1991 vintage of Frapin's 20 year old Cognac, made at the Château de Fontpinot on their fancy estate in Segonzac. An award-winning Cognac house, Frapin produced some fantastic expressions, and this...  More info
$199.12
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
$659.84
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
$167.81
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
$440.01
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
$390.15
Hennessy Paradis
(70cl, 40%)
Paradis was conceived in 1979 by Maurice Fillioux, a master blender at Hennessy. He blended a selection of eaux-de-vie that his grandfather had laid down.  More info
$824.16
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