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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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Courvoisier VS 1.5l
(150cl, 40%)
A 1 and a 1/2 litre bottle Courvoisier VS. A great Cognac with a floral, oaky flavour. Reputed to be the preferred Cognac of Napoleon.  More info
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$81.28
The family of Henri Geffard have been making Cognac on their estate since 1840, and the quality remains until this day.  More info
$129.98
Maxime Trijol VS
(70cl, 40%)
A vibrant, balanced Cognac, Maxime Trijol VS offers up delicious fruity, floral notes - possibly the most summery Cognac you'll ever try.  More info
$40.24
A 70cl bottling of ABK6 Cognac's excellent single estate VS from Abceassis Domaine. A Gold medal winner at the International Spirits Challenge in 2010.  More info
$54.43
20 year old Frapin Cognac which has spent its life at the Château de Fontpinot on the Frapin family's extensive 300 hectare estate in the Grande Champagne region. This is the 1989 vintage.  More info
$214.16
Geffard VSOP Cognac
(70cl, 40%)
Henri Geffard's family have been making Cognac on their estate since 1840, this is their rather fine VSOP.  More info
$92.23
Made on the Ragnaud-Sabourin family's private Grande Champagne estates (first established in 1850). All of the cognacs here are matured as vintage cognacs - there is no blending between years. This is...  More info
$81.94
A VSOP Cognac blended from eaux-de-vie from the Fins Bois and Petite Champagne regions. Jean Fillioux is produce some exceptional cognacs.  More info
$66.32
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
$176.46
Top quality cognac from Ragnaud Sabourin, distilled exclusively from Ugni Blanc grapes grown in the premier Grande Champagne region.  More info
$103.84
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
$57.22
Aged for slightly longer than a VS, this is designed for the contemporary brandy market. Exclusif is very fruity and rich, and works great in cocktails.  More info
$59.39
A stunning recent release from Courvoisier, this marks the first time Cognac from a top house has been released with an age statement! This was made using eaux de vie from the premier Grande Champagne...  More info
$244.77
This is a delicious cognac form Pierre Ferrand, made with spirit from the premier region - the Grande Champagne. This fabulous brandy was awarded a Gold Medal at both the Cognac Masters and the...  More info
$67.69
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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$55.15
This was released to celebrate Napoleon's love of fine Cognac. Very rich and intense, and utterly delicious. A wonderful example of well-aged Courvoisier.  More info
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$145.64
Produced by Pierre Ferrand, Sélection des Anges is a rich, old Cognac to which the Chicago Beverage Testing Institute awarded 95 points and a gold medal...  More info
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$148.35
Trijol has built up a great reputation for quality over its long history and this cognac is a perfect example of the standards they set. It's produced in St Martial Sur Né, in the heart of the Cognac...  More info
$60.98
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
$115.21
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
$49.05
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
$58.56
This was made using the longest aged single barrels of Cognac at the Leyrat paradis. This is an outstanding cognac, made by the company that introduced connoisseurs to great Fins Bois Cognac - a...  More info
$254.09
XO Cognac from Richard Delisle - an indulgent and impressively aged expression, where the youngest eau-de-vie in the blend is matured for at least 6 years before being bottled. Would you just look at...  More info
$118.53
Prisset VSOP Cognac
(70cl, 40%)
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
$86.42
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
$117.34
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