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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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H by Hine VSOP
(70cl, 40%)
A VSOP from Hine. H is a blend of around 15 Petite Champagne eaux-de-vie with the youngest cognac in the blend being aged for at least 4 years. This was awarded a Gold Medal at the 2007 International...  More info
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$52.54
Made exclusively with Grande Champagne eaux-de-vie - the finest cru in the Cognac region. This includes a good amount of cognacs aged for between 10 and 20 years, and the average age is rumoured to be...  More info
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Landy XO No 1
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None of the Ragnaud-Sabourin cognacs are blended between years; they are all matured as vintages. They are also completely unadulterated with no artificial colours or sweeteners added. This is a...  More info
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A new addition to the Hine range, the classic Antique is now "Premier Cru". Before it was a Fine Champagne (a blend of cognacs from both the Grande and Petite Champagne regions) now it is just...  More info
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$171.54
Meukow XO
(70cl, 40%)
The Meukow Cognac House was established over a century-and-a-half ago, and in that time they have built a reputation for producing masterful Cognacs. This XO is a perfect example, as it has been...  More info
$173.00
Hennessy VS
(70cl, 40%)
A blend of around forty different eaux-de-vie. The Cognac grading system was actually created by Maurice Hennessy in 1865. This VS (very special) cognac is the quintessential Cognac.  More info
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Rémy Martin XO is a Fine Champagne Cognac with 85% Grande Champagne and 15% Petite Champagne.  More info
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Maxime Trijol XO
(70cl, 40%)
A classic XO Cognac from Maxime Trijol. This award winning spirit was distilled under Jean-Jacques Trijol, from the Trijol family's 20 hectare estate.  More info
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Hennessy XO
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The term XO was coined for this very Cognac by Maurice Hennessy in the 19th Century. This blend includes over 100 eaux-de-vie.  More info
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Hine Rare VSOP Cognac
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Hine Rare VSOP is a blend of Grande and Petite Champagnes (60% is the former). This is what's known as a Fine Champagne. The cognac is aged from between 6 and 12 years, with most being around 8 years...  More info
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A smooth and supple Cognac made with spirit aged for between 20 and 35 years. It is made with some old Borderies Cognac, known for its woody style. The results are spicy, smooth as silk and very...  More info
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Exceptional Cognac at a simply astonishing price. One of Master of Malt's staff favourites.  More info
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Coeur de Cognac is intended to be as enjoyably fruity as that first bite into a luscious peach. A great cognac from Rémy Martin.  More info
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A Grande Champagne Cognac blended from well-aged eaux-de-vie, this enjoys a two year marriage. It is "pale" for it has a light hue, despite its age, and is "dry" for it has no added sweetener.  More info
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Rémy Martin is one of the most famous Cognac brands out there, known for it's distinctive flavour profile and frosted-glass bottle (and it's emblem, which is a centaur throwing a javelin of some...  More info
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Martell VS - 1983
(100cl, 40%)
Produced in 1983, this 100cl bottle of Martell VS (also known as 3 Star back then - not so much any more), has survived for over 30 years. While the presentation box has a few creases, the bottle...  More info
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Maxime Trijol 1969
(70cl, 40%)
This incredible 1969 vintage from Maxime Trijol was aged in three casks, 22, 23 and 24. It was bottled on the 20th June 2008, and is part of a release of 1040 numbered bottles. The grapes used to make...  More info
Stunningly presented in a handsome decanter, Maxime Trijol's Extra is distilled from grapes from the Grande Champagne region - the premier designation of Cognac. It offers rich aromas of rancio, with...  More info
Maxime Trijol VS 1.5l
(150cl, 40%)
Maxime Trijol store this cognac in oak barrels from the Limousin and Troncais forests, ageing the spirit in younger wood for the first year. This VS is intensely fruity and floral.  More info
With classic Cognac rancio, Maxime Trijol's Ancestral is a truly stunning spirit. It offers spices, candied tangerine peel and hints of truffle. Absolutely beautiful stuff!  More info
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Maxime Trijol 1968
(70cl, 40%)
With notes of nuts and honey on the nose, and a fruity, spicy, coffee-like palate, this is a stunning vintage cognac from Maxime Trijol. Distilled in St Martial Sur Né in 1968, this is a stunning...  More info
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