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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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Hine Antique
(70cl, 40%)
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
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
$282.09
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.

Please note that the...  More info
$188.06
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
$282.09
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
$274.18
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
$150.45
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
$188.06
Martell VS - 1960s
(95cl, 40%)
A 1960s bottling of classic three star (VS) cognac from Martell.  More info
$376.12
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
$564.18
An intense, aged Grande Champagne from Ragnaud Sabourin. The 46% abv is reached naturally during the maturation of this fine cognac.  More info
$231.21
An antique cognac from the finest cru, released in the 1940s by the Lhéraud family and re-bottled in the 1970s  More info
$282.09
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
$188.06
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
$94.11
This Remy Martin is distilled slowly to create an extra smooth Cognac with delicious fruity notes. The bottle comes with two glasses to enjoy the Cognac in.  More info
$66.73
Camus Cognac - 1960s
(70cl, 40%)
This Grande Marque Cognac from Camus was bottled back in the 1960s. This is a great collectable or a fantastic opportunity to try a Cognac from years gone by.  More info
$282.09
This Cognac was first produced in 1795 by Jean-Baptiste Antoine Otard, this bottle hails from the 1950's and is a rare bottle indeed these days!  More info
$564.18
An old and therefore rare bottling of Rémy Martin VSOP.  More info
$70.44
This XO Cognac boasts an impressive twenty-five years of ageing and is produced by the family run Banchereau distillery.  More info
$243.81
This is a bottle of the Denis Mounié Cognac 3* from the 1960s, great stuff indeed!  More info
$94.03
Martell Cordon Bleu celebrated its centenary in 2012, however this classic cognac hails from the 1990s.  More info
$188.06
This bottle of Courvoisier was specially bottled for the turn of the Millennium and boast a paintbrush streak effect on the bottle. This Cognac is sweeter than other Courvoisiers and is a great drink...  More info
$131.64
This is a 1980s edition of, classic Cognac producer, Remy Martin's 'Fine Champagne VSOP', this makes for a great retrospective piece.  More info
$169.26
Hennessey VS - 1970s
(70cl, 43%)
A 1970s bottling of Hennessy VS. This stuff is spiced and sweet with notes of berry fruits and vanilla.  More info
This bottle of Courvoisier VS is supplied with two brandy glasses for enjoying this classic Cognac with. The Courvoisier distillery was founded by Felix Courvoisier in 1835.  More info
$51.18
A Fins Bois Cognac, aged for at least four years in oak, this is distilled at the D'Aumagne distillery and it was selected by Douglas Denham, by Appointment of Diners Club International  More info
$68.34
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