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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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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
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This family-owned Napoleon Cognac has been aged for between fifteen and twenty years and delivers fruit and spice flavours in abundance.  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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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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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
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Martell VS 1.5l
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Created with mostly Ugni Blanc spirit, the majority of which are from the Borderies region - known for its woody style of cognac. The result is fruity and rich with lots of character. This is the 1.5l...  More info
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A 1980 vintage Grande Champagne Cognac from the Grosperrin range, which they acquired in 2004. It originally belonged to a widow who inherited the brandy and chose to sell it on.  More info
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Godet Spéciale VSOP
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Godet Spéciale VSOP is an award-winning Cognac from the incredible old and talented company. They have been producing spirits since the 1500s and over that time they've figured out a thing or two...  More info
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A rich, nutty Cognac from Martell. A very popular VSOP.  More info
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Richard Braastad, grandson of Sverre Braastad, selected the Cognacs which go into the Tiffon Vieux Superieur Cognac, all of which were aged in oak for over 50 years before finding their way into this...  More info
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Brilliant single estate XO Cognac, made using grapes taken from the Petit Champagne region of Cognac. Supremely elegant and rich with notes of rancio, oak, vanilla and dried fruit.  More info
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Louis Royer VSOP
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The Louis Royer House of Cognac is located on the picturesque bank of the Charente River in Jarnac and has been since it was founded in 1853. Their VSOP Cognac is expertly blended, capturing a fine...  More info
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Prisset VSOP Cognac
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Prisset is situated high up at Puycaillon between the Grande and Petit Champagne hills of the Cognac region of France and produces this rather fine Cognac.  More info
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VSOP Cognac from the House of A.E. Dor, founded in Jarnac in 1858. Since then, they've been producing eau-de-vie using grapes from the Champagne region to create their exquisite expressions.  More info
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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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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
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Made from grapes from the Petite Champagne region, Le Réviseur VSOP is oaky and nutty with lots of balance.  More info
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A VSOP expression from Richard Delisle in France. This Cognac is made with eaux-de-vie that has aged in a cask for at least 4 years before it was bottled. As such, it's a little bit fancier and comes...  More info
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This Daniel Bouju Grande Champagne Cognac is aged new Limousin oak casks, after which it is presented "Non filtré" and, rather surprisingly, at cask strength - an eye watering 60% ABV. There's really...  More info
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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
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Geffard VSOP Cognac
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Henri Geffard's family have been making Cognac on their estate since 1840, this is their rather fine VSOP.  More info
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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
£47.86
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
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A perfectly balanced VS cognac from top producers Jean Fillioux. This is made with eaux de vie from just the Grande Champagne region, the premier cognac designation.  More info
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This is Richard Delisle's XO Grande Champagne Cognac, a deluxe, limited edition expression from the French producer. Handsomely presented, of course, like all good XO Cognac should be. It took home a...  More info
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