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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 complex nose with hints of nuts, pastries and caramel. This is a beautiful Cognac, made by Leyrat in the Fins Bois region.  More info
$113.73
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
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Probably the world's most popular VSOP, Remy Martin has become a benchmark for good cognac. This particular example, blended from cognacs between 4 and 12 years old, is finished in old casks for a...  More info
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$50.18
Landy VS
(70cl, 40%)
This is a superb VS Cognac from Ferrand's Landy range. It was distilled from grapes grown in the Grande Champagne, the Petite Champagne and the Fins Bois regions. The result is a supple, fruity brandy...  More info
$53.04
A beautiful Fins Bois Cognac from Leyrat, blended from spirit aged for over 30 years, the lot number refers to the potential distillation year. It is a lovely brandy, and a great digestif.  More info
$147.80
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
$85.31
Maxime Trijol VSOP
(70cl, 40%)
Classic VSOP Cognac from Maxime Trijol. The family installed the first still in November of 1859. The company now owns 20 2,500 litre charentais pot stills, and they are one of the largest distillers...  More info
$48.42
This gift pack from Rémy Martin contains a bottle of their famous VSOP Cognac and two branded glasses to enjoy it with.  More info
$66.82
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
$66.82
Courvoisier VS
(70cl, 40%)
Courvoisier proudly boast their Cognac as that of Napoleon. It all started when Napoleon took hundreds of bottles of Courvoisier Cognac for his years of exile. Napoleon told Emmanuel Courvoisier that...  More info
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$37.02
Hennessy VS 1.5l
(150cl, 40%)
A magnum bottle of the world's most famed VS Cognac. Hennessy VS is aged for between 2 and 5 years.  More info
$95.96
Godet Excellence XO
(70cl, 40%)
An excellent 25 year old brandy made from Eaux-de-vie from Borderies, and Grande and Petite Champagnes.  More info
$115.83
One of Godet's top Cognacs, Epicure was distilled from the Folle Blanche grape, and it has been aged in oak for 25 years. A creamy, velvety soft spirit with oodles of rich flavour. Very good indeed.  More info
$72.24
Godet VS
(70cl, 40%)
Godet's VS is a 3 year old Cognac, blended from Fins Bois, Borderies and Bons Bois spirit. It is a robust, powerful spirit with custard and calves leather notes.  More info
$41.01
This is a VS Cognac from Pierre Ferrand, made to an original recipe from 1840. It is a premier cru brandy, made from grapes grown in the Grande Champagne region of Cognac. The result was awarded 94...  More info
$72.58
Fillioux cognacs are aged solely in Limousin casks with no added boisé (boiled down wood chips added to give a sense of maturity). Instead, the spirits are aged using time-honoured traditions. This is...  More info
$78.21
Martell Creation
(70cl, 40%)
The super-premium Cognac from Martell, Creation is created with top eaux-de-vie, specially selected from Martell's wonderful cellars. This is made with spirit from the Borderies, as well as the Grande...  More info
$518.53
A perfectly balanced VSOP Cognac, made by exclusively using grapes from the premier Grande Champagne designation. A fruity, aromatic spirit from Ragnaud Sabourin.  More info
$71.84
A wonderful blend of Early Landed cognacs (a traditional method of maturing cognac - it is exported prior to maturation - thus the name - and is aged in cellars in the UK - Bristol to be precise) as...  More info
$109.33
A very well aged Cognac from Jacques Ordonneau. This was matured for between 25 and 30 years, and was produced using grapes from the Borderies region - the result is a hearty, violet-flavoured cognac...  More info
$80.31
A wonderful unblended cognac from Ragnaud Sabourin, this is made exclusively with spirit distilled from grapes from the Grande Champagne region. Fresh and floral.  More info
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$177.29
Meukow VS
(70cl, 40%)
Established around a century-and-a-half ago, Meukow is a legendary Cognac house. This delicious VS is an elegant, great value-for-money blend which will work superbly in cocktails, or after a fine...  More info
$48.84
Meukow VSOP
(70cl, 40%)
A tasty, aromatic, balanced VSOP Cognac from Meukow. This is wonderful with ice, or even just a splash of water.  More info
$67.04
A Grande Champagne Cognac from Maxime Trijol, this was awarded a Silver medal at the 2009 International Spirits Challenge.  More info
$146.64
Martell XO Cognac
(70cl, 40%)
The brilliant XO from Martell, this is a soft, mellow cognac with hints of rancio, citrus, blossom and walnut, This is made by blending eaux-de-vie from both the Borderies and Grande Champagne...  More info
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