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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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Martell VS 35cl
(35cl, 40%)
A fruity, subtle VS Cognac from Martell. Recommended as a mixing spirit.  More info
$22.31
Courvoisier VS
(70cl, 40%)
Courvoisier proudly boast their Cognac as that of Napoleon. It all started when Napoleon took hundreds of bottles of Courvoisier Cognac for his years of exile. Napoleon told Emmanuel Courvoisier that...  More info
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$34.43
Martell VS
(70cl, 40%)
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
$35.87
The classic Martell VS Cognac, presented alongside a gift box in celebration of the House of Martell's Tricentenary. The esteemed House of Martell was born in 1715, and in 2015, they will be be...  More info
$40.54
Maxime Trijol VS
(70cl, 40%)
A vibrant, balanced Cognac, Maxime Trijol VS offers up delicious fruity, floral notes - possibly the most summery Cognac you'll ever try.  More info
$41.45
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
User Rating:  Rating (4.5/5)
$43.20
Louis Royer VS
(70cl, 40%)
The VS expression from Louis Royer, who have been producing Cognac from their premises on the banks of the Charente River since 1853, is young but surprisingly mellow and flavourful. Royer even...  More info
$46.29
This is the VS Cognac from Richard Delisle, featuring a beautiful amber hue. As a VS Cognac, the youngest eau-de-vie in the blend will have aged in the cask for at least 2 years before it joined this...  More info
$46.38
A simple, uncomplicated bottling of VSOP Cognac from the Grande Champagne region, selected by the Savoy Group of Hotels and Restaurants.  More info
$46.79
Le Réviseur make their Cognac with grapes from the Petite Champagne Cognac region. This VS offers loads of nutty, fruity notes.  More info
$47.54
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
User Rating:  Rating (5.0/5)
$48.16
Maxime Trijol VSOP
(70cl, 40%)
Classic VSOP Cognac from Maxime Trijol. The family installed the first still in November of 1859. The company now owns 20 2,500 litre charentais pot stills, and they are one of the largest distillers...  More info
$50.21
Brission Cognac comes from their 65 hectare estate in Châteaubernard. The grapes used for this VS all came from the Grande Champagne region. An intense, fresh and delicious Cognac, full of character.  More info
$50.29
A classic cognac, this is matured for between 8 and 12 years in a selection of Troncais and Limousin oak barrels. This VSOP from Couvoisier is a "Fine Champagne" meaning it is a blend of Cognacs from...  More info
User Rating:  Rating (4.5/5)
$50.79
Aged for slightly longer than a VS, this is designed for the contemporary brandy market. Exclusif is very fruity and rich, and works great in cocktails.  More info
User Rating:  Rating (3.0/5)
$52.41
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
$53.04
Exceptional Cognac at a simply astonishing price. One of Master of Malt's staff favourites.  More info
User Rating:  Rating (4.0/5)
$54.43
Tiffon VSOP Cognac
(70cl, 40%)
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
$55.98
A perfectly balanced VS cognac from top producers Jean Fillioux. This is made with eaux de vie from just the Grande Champagne region, the premier cognac designation.  More info
$56.38
Courvoisier VS 1l
(100cl, 40%)
A litre bottle of Couvoisier VS. The company is based in Jarnac and the company was established in 1835 by Felix Courvoisier.  More info
$56.49
A delicious entry level VS Cognac from François Voyer, perfect if you fancy getting to know the expressions from this Grande Champagne Cognac house. They use Ugni Blanc grapes and mature their Cognac...  More info
$57.57
A very modern little Cognac from Merlet, this is produced using spirit from the Fins Bois and Grande Champagne regions, aged for between 4 and 12 years. A spicy and lusciously fruity spirit!  More info
$58.65
Louis Royer VSOP
(75cl, 40%)
The Louis Royer House of Cognac is located on the picturesque bank of the Charente River in Jarnac and has been since it was founded in 1853. Their VSOP Cognac is expertly blended, capturing a fine...  More info
$58.79
Made exclusively with Ugni Blanc grapes from the Grande Champagne, this VSOP Cognac from François Voyer features eaux-de-vie aged for at least 4 years in Limousin casks.  More info
$59.04
Godet Antarctica
(50cl, 40%)
An amazing little Cognac from Godet, aged for 7 years in old oak, before being naturally filtered, resulting in a very light, pale hue. Godet Antarctica is distilled from the Folle Blanche grape and...  More info
User Rating:  Rating (3.5/5)
$59.12
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