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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 Cognac from the famous Croizet house is an 1875 vintage, extraordinary enough due to its age, but when you consider that this year lies slap bang in the middle of the phylloxera crisis that...  More info
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Martell VSOP
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A very popular VSOP Cognac from the famed Martell. The bottle features a small portrait of Louis XIV, for it was in his last year as monarch that the Martell house was founded.  More info
Hine Antique
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An enjoyable cognac from Hine, blended from 40 eaux-de-vie from the Grande Champagne and Petite Champagne regions. This "antique" bottling was matured for at least 15 years.  More info
Antique Hine Cognac! Look, it even says it on the box! This handsome bottle was made in the 1970s and even comes with the original presentation box.  More info
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Bottled in the 1970s, this Martell VS Cognac has survived for other 30 years without even a sip being taken from it. Quite a feat, considering how well made their Cognacs are. Cellophane is wrapped...  More info
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Bottled in the 1970s, we present an antique bottle Hennessy VS (or Very Special, as the label so proudly proclaims). A very simplistic label and bottle from over 30 years ago.

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A 1991 bottling of Courvoisier 3 Star Luxe Cognac, which is now known as their VS Cognac. A collectible piece that comes with the original box, which shows they were running a special gift offer with...  More info
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The Monnet Cognac house was founded in 1838 but was only given the Monnet name in 1897. This bottle of their VSOP Cognac was produced in the 1960s and features an emblem of a fire-breathing...  More info
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Rare, collectible and by gosh, so indulgent, this Rémy Martin VSOP Cognac was produced in the 1970s. Fine champagne Cognac? Oh, go on then!  More info
$374.94
Hine VSOP - 1980s
(100cl, 40%)
A fantastic bottle of Hine VSOP from the 1980s. Collectible and rare.  More info
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A Cognac at least fifty years old. Jean Fillioux's vineyards lie in Juillac Le Coq in the Grande Champagne region of 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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Carefully distilled by Pascal J Fillioux, this Cognac was aged entirely in new oak barrels. Delicious. La Pouyade is French for "The Pouyade".  More info
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Jean Fillioux Coq
(70cl, 40%)
A Grande Champagne Cognac, produced on the Fillioux family's 54 acre vineyards.  More info
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An early 1980s bottling of Hennessey VS Cognac. Around 40 eaux-de-vie make the spectacular brandy, so we would agree that it really is very special.  More info
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Although the Couvoisier people named this bottling Three Star, we would give it a few more as it's survived from the 1970s!  More info
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Napoleon's favourite brandy, although he didn't live to taste a bottle of Courvoisier VS from the 1990s. Don't miss out like the The Little Corporal!  More info
$74.99
A well preserved bottle of Rémy Martin 3 Star from the 1980s. This bottle of Petite Fine Champagne Cognac from Rémy Martin is as classic as they come.  More info
$149.98
Martell VS - 1960s
(95cl, 40%)
A 1960s bottling of classic three star (VS) cognac from Martell.  More info
$374.94
A 1950s bottling of VSOP cognac from Bisquit, this great cognac house was founded in 1819 with this bottling dating from a time when Winston Churchill was enjoying it, prior to the '60s takeover by...  More info
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A rare old bottling of Courvoisier 3 Star from the 1950s, proudly labelled as "The Brandy of Napoleon".  More info
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An intense, aged Grande Champagne from Ragnaud Sabourin. The 46% abv is reached naturally during the maturation of this fine cognac.  More info
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An antique cognac from the finest cru, released in the 1940s by the Lhéraud family and re-bottled in the 1970s  More info
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An old bottling of classic Courvoisier XO from the 1980s, an excellent cognac from the days when the brand was owned by Hiram Walker and subsequently Allied Lyons.  More info
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Audry XO
(70cl, 40%)
This is an XO Cognac from the Audry house, made in the "Fine Champagne" style - this means it's a mix of spirit distilled from grapes grown on both of the premier regions: the Grande Champagne and the...  More info
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