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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 rich, nutty Cognac from Martell. A very popular VSOP.  More info
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$74.41
De Luze A
(70cl, 43%)
A very stylish little Cognac from De Luze, this is a Fine Champagne, meaning it is distilled from grapes grown in the two premier regions of Cognac - Petite and Grande Champagne.  More info
$73.45
A very modern little Cognac from Merlet, this is produced using spirit from the Fins Bois and Grande Champagne regions, aged for between 4 and 12 years. A spicy and lusciously fruity spirit!  More info
$62.61
A rich, full-bodied Cognac, specially blended by Jean Fillioux to pair well with a cigar.  More info
$173.14
A beautiful 1990 vintage Cognac from top producers, Ragnaud-Sabourin. This was distilled from grapes from the Grande Champagne region - the very top cru in Cognac!  More info
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$203.58
Several generations of the Denis family have been making this Cognac in the heart of the premier cru Grande Champagne appellation.  More info
$89.49
The entry level Cognac from Radnaud-Savourin, this is truly superb stuff, really very good indeed! A lovely VS.  More info
$71.22
Bernard Gauthier, who is also the current Mayor of Malaville, is the head of this old family owned Cognac - one of the oldest being founded in 1750. Despite their grand history, Gauthier remain an...  More info
$264.12
Le Réviseur make their Cognac with grapes from the Petite Champagne Cognac region. This VS offers loads of nutty, fruity notes.  More info
$45.82
From top Cognac producers, Merlet, comes this brilliantly blended expression made from some of their finest stocks, including Petit Champagne from 1993, Fins Bois from 1992 and 2003 and Grande...  More info
$161.10
The Club Cigare XO is a blend of well aged eaux-de-vie (an average of around 30 years) from the Grande Champagne region, made to accompany a wide variety of cigars. Of course, this doesn't mean that...  More info
$147.71
Marcadier-Barbot is a family owned affair that own both the vineyard and the distillery where they make their cognac.  More info
$77.86
Single estate XO Cognac from Frapin, one of the most well respected Cognac houses in the Grande Champagne region. Floral and fruit filled with a rich, long finish, the XO is well balanced and...  More info
$158.81
Initiale Extra is a beautifully packaged Cognac from Courvoisier, made with eaux-de-vie distilled from Grande Champagne and Borderies grapes. The result is rich and full.  More info
$373.39
Distilled in 1981, and brought for ageing in cellars in Bristol, England, this Early Landed cognac from Hine harkens back to the old days of brandy. Very subtle and well balanced. A lesson in harmony…...  More info
$863.46
The Frapin Signature Cognac is made with 100% Grande Champagne grapes which have been harvested from their vast estate in the South West of France. Its flavours develop brilliantly on the palate, with...  More info
$150.59
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
$509.33
Martell VS
(70cl, 40%)
This classic VS cognac from Martell is largely made with Ugni Blanc grapes from the Borderies region. The results are fruity and woody and quite complex.  More info
$39.03
The Daniel Bouju estate is situated in St. Preuil, Charente in the Grande Champagne region of France. They use Ugni Blanc grapes to make their Cognac, and age it in Limousin oak casks. Their VSOP is a...  More info
$81.25
An intense Grande Champagne from Ragnaud Sabourin. This is marked by a classic Rancio character, with hints of coffee, cedar and leather. This set comes with two tasting glasses  More info
$260.71
This is a twelve year old XO Cognac from the family-run Banchereau estate.  More info
$133.16
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
$81.14
Landy VSOP
(70cl, 40%)
Landy VSOP is aged for a minimum of four years in oak before bottling. It is made using eaux-de-vie from the Grande and Petite Champagne regions, as well as the Fins Bois. Rumour has it that Snoop...  More info
$68.30
This delicious Cognac from Pierre Ferrand was distilled from nothing but Grande Champagne grapes and the result was awarded 94 points and a gold medal in 2009 from the Chicago Beverage Testing...  More info
$86.57
A very important Cognac, the VIP XO Grande Champagne Cognac is elegantly rich and spicy. Frapin originally started making wine, but they eventually forayed into the distilling world, and with good...  More info
$213.17
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