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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.

Cognac is produced in the town of Cognac to the very west of France, and it has had a recent surge in popularity among the houses which produce the best Cognac - 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 (two and a half years for VS Cognac, four and a half years for VSOP Cognac, six years for XO Cognac, and even longer for Prestige Cognac) 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 central regions are the most venerated. The premier cru is Grand Champagne, so named for the nature of its soils.

Cognac is a protected designation of origin (PDO), which means that it can only be made in the Cognac region of France.

Hennessy XO

70cl, 40%
Hennessy

The term XO was coined for this very Cognac by Maurice Hennessy in the 19th century, and it was first bottled in 1870 for family and friends. This blend is composed of over 100 eaux-de-vie from the…  More info

Hennessy XO
15
$163.46
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Hennessy VS

70cl, 40%
Hennessy

Hennessy V.S is a cognac produced by Hennessy, a French company that has been in operation since 1765. The "V.S" stands for "Very Special", and this cognac lives up to its name. It is made from a…  More info

Hennessy VS
13
$34.30

Courvoisier VS

70cl, 40%
Courvoisier

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

Courvoisier VS
12
$30.22
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Rémy Martin XO

70cl, 40%
Rémy Martin

Rémy Martin XO is a fine champagne cognac that has been aged for at least ten years. It is produced by Rémy Martin, a French company that has been making cognac since 1724. Rémy Martin XO is a blend…  More info

Rémy Martin XO
16
$138.30

François Voyer VSOP Cognac

70cl, 40%
François Voyer

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

François Voyer VSOP Cognac
6
$51.92
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Hine Rare VSOP Cognac

70cl, 40%
Hine

Hine Rare VSOP Cognac is crafted using a blend of eaux-de-vie from the Grande and Petite Champagne regions. Around 20 different eaux-de-vie make their way into this expression, resulting in a flavour…  More info

Hine Rare VSOP Cognac
14
$45.36

Martell Cordon Bleu

70cl, 40%
Martell

Martell Cordon Bleu Cognac was originally created by Edouard Martell in 1912. It is a sultry, stylish cognac with a lovely fruity, spicy flavour.  More info

Martell Cordon Bleu
13
$108.92

Maxime Trijol XO

70cl, 40%
Maxime Trijol

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

Maxime Trijol XO
13
$91.32
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Camus VSOP Elegance

70cl, 40%
Camus

VSOP Cognac from the House of Camus, made including a portion of Borderies eaux-de-vie, which Camus is well-known for using in their expressions.  More info

Camus VSOP Elegance
2
$36.72
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Courvoisier XO Cognac

70cl, 40%
Courvoisier

A new bottling of Courvoisier XO, a brilliant example of well aged, expertly blended and altogether delectable Cognac. Featuring very old eaux-di-vie from the Grande Champagne, Petite Champagne and…  More info

Courvoisier XO Cognac
10
$115.98

Tesseron Lot No. 76 XO Cognac

70cl, 40%
Tesseron

Tesseron have made the name in the Cognac world by releasing a whole range of incredible expressions, most of which are XO Cognac. Their Lot No. 76 expression shows off well-aged eaux-de-vie from the…  More info

Tesseron Lot No. 76 XO Cognac
1
$102.11

Hine Antique XO Premier Cru

70cl, 40%
Hine

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

Hine Antique XO Premier Cru
4
$128.14
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Château de Montifaud VSOP Petite Champagne

70cl, 40%
Château de Montifaud

Château de Montifaud has been in the Vallet family for 6 generations, and this is where the Ugni Blanc is stored on the lees for 2-3 months until distillation, before being double distilled in…  More info

Château de Montifaud VSOP Petite Champagne
2
$39.08

Brisson VS Grande Champagne 1er Cru de Cognac

70cl, 40%
Brisson

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

Brisson VS Grande Champagne 1er Cru de Cognac
$32.49
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Hennessy Paradis

70cl, 40%
Hennessy

Paradis was conceived in 1979 by Maurice Fillioux, a master blender at Hennessy. He blended a selection of eaux-de-vie that his grandfather had laid down.  More info

Hennessy Paradis
3
$1,003.95
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Rémy Martin 1738 Accord Royal

70cl, 40%
Rémy Martin

A Cognac that celebrates the Louis XV's decision to grant a young Rémy Martin the right to plant new vines on his land (banned in France at the time) with the Accord Royal in 1738. It's said that the…  More info

Rémy Martin 1738 Accord Royal
16
$48.42

Pierre Ferrand Ambre

70cl, 40%
Pierre Ferrand

This is a delicious cognac form Pierre Ferrand, made with spirit from the premier region - the Grande Champagne. This fabulous brandy was awarded a Gold Medal at both the Cognac Masters and the…  More info

Pierre Ferrand Ambre
3
$43.27

Frapin 1270 Cognac

70cl, 40%
Frapin

Frapin 1270 Cognac was made with fruit harvested exclusively from the Frapin family's estates in the Grande Champagne region. After distillation, this expression was matured for six months in new oak…  More info

Frapin 1270 Cognac
4
$37.84

Courvoisier Initiale Extra

70cl, 40%
Courvoisier

Initiale Extra is a beautifully packaged Cognac from Courvoisier, made with eaux-de-vie distilled from Grande Champagne and Borderies grapes. The result is rich and full.  More info

Courvoisier Initiale Extra
2
$246.14

Tesseron Lot No. 53 XO Cognac

70cl, 40%
Tesseron

From the Tesseron range of well-aged Cognac comes the Lot N° 53 XO, a blend of Tesseron's most sublime stocks of Grande Champagne Cognac. The depth and finesse of this Tesseron has been widely…  More info

Tesseron Lot No. 53 XO Cognac
3
$247.21

Tesseron Lot No.90 XO Cognac

70cl, 40%
Tesseron

From the Tesseron range of well-aged Cognac come the Lot No.90 XO expression, made using Ugni Blanc grapes from the Grande Champagne, Petit Champagne and Fins Bois regions. A flavoursome spirit, rich…  More info

Tesseron Lot No.90 XO Cognac
2
$72.96
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Delamain Pale & Dry XO

50cl, 42%
Delamain

A glorious XO Cognac, comprising a blend of eaux-de-vie sourced exclusively from the Grande Champagne region. This is an elegant sipper that has been treated to careful maturation in French oak casks…  More info

Delamain Pale & Dry XO
$83.70
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Camus VSOP Borderies Single Estate

70cl, 40%
Camus

A single estate expression from Camus (the Cognac house, not the absurdist author), made with eaux-de-vie from a single estate in the Borderies cru - the smallest of the Cognac regions, renowned for…  More info

Camus VSOP Borderies Single Estate
3
$48.70

Hermitage 40 Year Old Grande Champagne Cognac

70cl, 44%
Hermitage

Know someone who's got a 40th birthday coming up and want to get them something really special (even if it's a self-gift)? Hermitage has the perfect thing - a 40 year old Cognac from the revered…  More info

Hermitage 40 Year Old Grande Champagne Cognac
3
$262.29
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Hermitage 20 Year Old Grande Champagne Cognac

70cl, 42%
Hermitage

Yet another marvellous Grande Champagne Cognac bottler by the excellent Hermitage. This particular expression was made using a combination of mostly Ugni Blanc grapes and some Folle Blance ones too,…  More info

Hermitage 20 Year Old Grande Champagne Cognac
1
$101.86

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