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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 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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Grande Champagne Cognac from a single vintage, produced by Pierre Ferrand. 1972 provided excellent growing conditions for the grapes, which make Ferrand's Cognac, with a mild spring, a frost in May...  More info
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Pierre Ferrand's Cognac stands up to the ageing process very well indeed, as evident by the exquisite Ancestrale expression, made with some of the oldest spirits in their cellar. Bountiful notes of...  More info
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The Pierre Ferrand Abel expression is made with selected well-aged Grande Champagne Cognac from their extensive stocks, chosen specifically for their exquisite characteristics. Ferrand are...  More info
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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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Several generations of the Denis family have been making this Cognac in the heart of the premier cru Grande Champagne appellation.  More info
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This is a Grande Champagne Cognac from the family run Jacques Denis distillery. It has an average age of 20 years.  More info
$125.88
A phenomenal 1980's edition of Napoléon Cognac from Courvoisier beautifully presented and simply delicious.  More info
$282.74
Martell VS - 1950s
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A 1950s bottling of the brilliant Martell 3 Star Cognac. This comes with a very smart-looking blue label, and a spring cap closure.  More info
$471.24
Not only is Major Cognac the name for the world's most ineffectual soldier, it's also the name for this tasty VS Cognac, bottled in the 1960s. It's old and rare.  More info
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Released in 2011, this stunning Cognac from Hennessy is a blend of incredibly rare spirit distilled in the 19th and 20th centuries. It was inspired by a special brandy created by Hennessy in 1818 for...  More info
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A.E. Dor Cigar Cognac
(70cl, 42%)
Produced by the top cognac house A E Dor, this is a delicious Fine Champagne (a blend of Cognac distilled from grapes grown on the premier Grande Chamapagne and Petite Champagne regions). It was...  More info
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Marcadier-Barbot is a family owned affair that own both the vineyard and the distillery where they make their cognac.  More info
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The A.E. Dor Napoléon is a blend of three eaux-de-vie, featuring qualities from three different crus (Grande Champagne, Fins Bois and Borderies) resulting in a deliciously mellow and easy to enjoy...  More info
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Carefully distilled by Pascal J Fillioux, this Cognac was aged entirely in new oak barrels. Delicious. La Pouyade is French for "The Pouyade".  More info
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Courvoisier VS 1l
(100cl, 40%)
A litre bottle of Couvoisier VS. The company is based in Jarnac and the company was established in 1835 by Felix Courvoisier.  More info
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A rich, full-bodied Cognac, specially blended by Jean Fillioux to pair well with a cigar.  More info
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The entry level Cognac from Radnaud-Savourin, this is truly superb stuff, really very good indeed! A lovely VS.  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
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The label of this Hennessy Bras Armé Cognac from the 1960s has been through the wars and seen better days, but the protective force-field that surrounds the Cognac (also known as glass) has kept every...  More info
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Louis Royer VS
(70cl, 40%)
The VS expression from Louis Royer, who have been producing Cognac from their premises on the banks of the Charente River since 1853, is young but surprisingly mellow and flavourful. Royer even...  More info
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Martell VS 35cl
(35cl, 40%)
A fruity, subtle VS Cognac from Martell. Recommended as a mixing spirit.  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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