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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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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
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The VSOP Force 53° expression from the House of Louis Royer in Jarnac is bottled at 53% ABV - rather high for a Cognac! While intense and powerful enjoyed neat, the added 'oomph' behind this VSOP...  More info
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From the family-run Cognac house of Daniel Bouju in the village of Saint Preuil comes this wonderful Sélection Spéciale Grande Champagne Cognac. Matured in Limousin oak, it's slightly floral in...  More info
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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
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Godet Excellence XO
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An excellent 25 year old brandy made from Eaux-de-vie from Borderies, and Grande and Petite Champagnes.  More info
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Tiffon VSOP Cognac
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With a beautiful copper hue and stylish bottle, the Tiffon VSOP certainly looks the business. As a Cognac house that has been around for over 100 years, you don't expect anything less from them...  More info
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A superb Fins Bois XO Cognac from Leyrat, it's a spicy, potpourri spirit, very mature and rich.  More info
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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
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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
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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
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Meukow VSOP
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A tasty, aromatic, balanced VSOP Cognac from Meukow. This is wonderful with ice, or even just a splash of water.  More info
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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
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Martell VS
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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
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A very popular Fine Champagne bottled in the instantly recognisable frosted bottle. The blend contains 55% Grande Champagne eaux-de-vie, the rest being made up from the Petite Champagne.  More info
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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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This is a twelve year old XO Cognac from the family-run Banchereau estate.  More info
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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
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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
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