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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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Ragnaud-Sabourin XO
(70cl, 40%)
A 25 year old Cognac, with a rich, intense palate. This Ragnaud-Sabourin XO offers floral, citrussy notes with a palate redolent of musty, rich orange zest and Winter spices.  More info
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A stunning 1985 vintage cognac from top producers Hine. This was brought over to England in 1989, where it was aged in British cellars before bottling in 2004. Brilliant.  More info
An old and therefore rare bottling of Rémy Martin VSOP. This is a litre bottle.  More info
$76.74
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
$102.52
A subtle cognac from Maxime Trijol, this spirit is the perfect accompaniment for a fine Cuban cigar. Something we can certainly attest to!  More info
$169.75
Audry Exception
(70cl, 43%)
Audry Exception is a beautiful Cognac made by blending eaux-de-vie from the regions two premier designations: the Grande and Petite Champagne. A flagship product for the brand, look out for just a...  More info
$289.75
No matter how beautiful the bottle of Courvoisier XO Cognac is, the wonderful brandy within always outshines it. Great stuff. This bottle comes from 1987, although it does not include the presentation...  More info
$245.84
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
$81.95
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
$163.89
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
$204.87
An intense, aged Grande Champagne from Ragnaud Sabourin. The 46% abv is reached naturally during the maturation of this fine cognac.  More info
$251.86
Feeling decadent? Then we've got just the thing; a Remy Martin Fine Champagne Napoléon Cognac from the early 1980s!  More info
$204.87
An antique cognac from the finest cru, released in the 1940s by the Lhéraud family and re-bottled in the 1970s  More info
$307.30
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
$409.73
A 1980s bottling of Hine Signature, made from grapes grown in the Petit Champagne. Funnily enough, the bottle does actually feature a signature of Thomas Hine. Neat!  More info
$163.89
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
$163.89
Matured for at least 6 years, this old bottling of Camus Napoleon Cognac dates from the 1960s, a rare collectible!  More info
$409.73
If there's one thing we know about Napoleon, it was that he loved fine Cognac. We should probably know other things about him, because he was kind of important during the early 1800s. Despite that...  More info
$409.73
Martell VS - 1960s
(95cl, 40%)
A 1960s bottling of classic three star (VS) cognac from Martell.  More info
$409.73
Hine VSOP - 1980s
(100cl, 40%)
A fantastic bottle of Hine VSOP from the 1980s. Collectible and rare.  More info
$245.84
Distilled by Maxime Trijol from grapes from the Borderies region of Cognac (a region known for its distinctly woody/floral spirit). This is very rich spirit, with a wonderful violet flavour. Highly...  More info
This XO Cognac from Le Réviseur is made with grapes from the petite champagne region.  More info
$164.32
A Très Vieux from Jean Fillioux, this cognac was recommended by Cuisine et Vins de France in January of 2007.  More info
$135.09
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
$74.45
Berry's XO Cognac - specifically designed for after-dinner drinking. Compliments the 'Berry's good ordinary…' range perfectly. Great Cognac at what is certainly a competitive price.  More info
$97.17
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