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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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De Luze's flagship Cognac comes beautifully packaged. It is a Fine Champagne spirit, distilled at Domaine Boinaud and it offers masses of flavour and complexity. Stunning stuff.  More info
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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
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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
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Hennessey VS - 1970s
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A 1970s bottling of Hennessy VS. This stuff is spiced and sweet with notes of berry fruits and vanilla.  More info
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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
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Martell Cordon Bleu celebrated its centenary in 2012, however this classic cognac hails from the 1990s.  More info
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This is a bottle of the Denis Mounié Cognac 3* from the 1960s, great stuff indeed!  More info
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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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A rare old bottling of Courvoisier 3 Star from the 1950s, proudly labelled as "The Brandy of Napoleon".  More info
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