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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.

Louis Royer XO

70cl, 40%
Louis Royer

XO Cognac from the Louis Royer House on the bank of the Charente River. One of their prize expressions, which has won handfuls of awards for its stunningly well balanced palate which comes from the…  More info

Louis Royer XO
$132.03

Martell VS Single Distillery

70cl, 40%
Martell

An intriguing 2017 release from Martell - it's a VS Cognac made with spirits distilled exclusively at one distillery! Their reasoning behind this choice (rather than using eaux-de-vie from a…  More info

Martell VS Single Distillery
10
$28.39

Lhéraud Cognac Fins Bois 1977

70cl, 46%
Lhéraud

A glorious vintage Cognac from Lhéraud, distilled in 1977 – just over a century after the historic Cognac house was founded, in 1860. A top-notch expression, this is a fine sipper indeed – and it…  More info

Lhéraud Cognac Fins Bois 1977
$355.44

Delamain XO Vesper

70cl, 40%
Delamain

Here we have a rather delicious Delamain Grande Champagne Cognac, made with some particularly well-aged eaux-de-vie. Said well-aged eaux-de-vie is blended together and then aged for two years further…  More info

Delamain XO Vesper
3
$157.90

Frapin Château de Fontpinot XO Cognac

70cl, 41%
Frapin

Single estate XO Cognac from Frapin, one of the most well respected Cognac houses in the Grande Champagne region. Floral and fruit filled with a rich, long finish, the XO is well balanced and…  More info

Frapin Château de Fontpinot XO Cognac
2
$106.65

Hermitage 25 Year Old Segonzac Grande Champagne Cognac

70cl, 43%
Hermitage

Another delicious, complex Cognac from independent bottlers Hermitage. This expression was made with fruit from the Grande Champagne's Segonzac region, distilled in a 25-hectolitre still with a…  More info

Hermitage 25 Year Old Segonzac Grande Champagne Cognac
1
$113.70
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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
$102.54

Martell VS 1.5l

150cl, 40%
Martell

Created with mostly Ugni Blanc spirit, the majority of which are from the Borderies region - known for its woody style of cognac. The result is fruity and rich with lots of character. This is the…  More info

Martell VS 1.5l
$60.43

Courvoisier VSOP Fine Cognac

70cl, 40%
Courvoisier

A classic VSOP cognac, this is matured for between 8 and 12 years in a selection of Troncais and Limousin oak barrels. The Courvoisier brandy used in this bottling is sourced from the two premier…  More info

Courvoisier VSOP Fine Cognac
17
$37.53

Bourgoin Brandy Cognac VSOP

70cl, 43%
Bourgoin Cognac

From expert wine and Cognac producer Bourgoin, located between Cognacais and Angoumois in the village of Tarsac in France comes this splendid VSOP Cognac. Bright and fruity with plenty of indulgent,…  More info

Bourgoin Brandy Cognac VSOP
1
$46.67

Ferrand Sélection des Anges

70cl, 41.8%
Pierre Ferrand

A very ornate bottle of Sélection des Anges from the wonderful Ferrand. Made from Ugni Blanc grapes, the Grande Champagne Cognac has been aged for 30 years, so it's choc full of fruit and aromatic…  More info

Ferrand Sélection des Anges
$157.43

Camus Île de Ré Double Matured

70cl, 40%
Camus

One of three releases from Camus shining a light on Ile de Ré, an island just off the shore of western France near La Rochelle that's within Bois Ordinaires. Matured initially in a damp cellar on Ile…  More info

Camus Île de Ré Double Matured
$62.91

Ragnaud-Sabourin No. 10 VSOP

70cl, 41%
Ragnaud-Sabourin

Made on the Ragnaud-Sabourin family's private Grande Champagne estates (first established in 1850). All of the cognacs here are matured as vintage cognacs - there is no blending between years. This…  More info

Ragnaud-Sabourin No. 10 VSOP
3
$62.96
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Pierre Ferrand 1840 Original Formula

70cl, 45%
Pierre Ferrand

This is a VS Cognac from Pierre Ferrand, made to an original recipe from 1840. It is a premier cru brandy, made from grapes grown in the Grande Champagne region of Cognac. The result was awarded 94…  More info

Pierre Ferrand 1840 Original Formula
$47.68

Ragnaud Sabourin VSOP Grande Champagne

70cl, 41%
Ragnaud-Sabourin

A perfectly balanced VSOP Cognac, made by exclusively using grapes from the premier Grande Champagne designation. A fruity, aromatic spirit from Ragnaud Sabourin.  More info

Ragnaud Sabourin VSOP Grande Champagne
$62.18

Louis XIII The Miniature (5cl)

5cl, 40%
Rémy Martin

A miniature of Rémy Martin's jaw-dropping Louis XIII Cognac, made with a blend of around 1,200 different eaux-de-vie from the Grande Champagne appellation. This 5cl crystal miniature is shaped just…  More info

Louis XIII The Miniature (5cl)
$685.58

Jean Fillioux Cep D'or

70cl, 40%
Jean Fillioux

A marvellous XO Grande Champagne Cognac from Jean Fillioux, the Cep D'or offers up full-bodied flavour profile with oodles of dessert treat notes, balanced by soft oak warmth. Spectacular after…  More info

Jean Fillioux Cep D'or
$60.89

ABK6 VS Pure Single Cognac

70cl, 40%
ABK6 Cognac

A 70cl bottling of ABK6 Cognac's excellent single estate VS from Abceassis Domaine. A Gold medal winner at the International Spirits Challenge in 2010.  More info

ABK6 VS Pure Single Cognac
1
$39.55
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François Voyer XO Cognac

70cl, 40%
François Voyer

An XO Cognac from François Voyer, in the Grande Champagne region. To create their expressions, François Voyer use Ugni Blanc grapes which are initally aged in Limousin casks after distillation before…  More info

François Voyer XO Cognac
3
$95.47

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
$73.44
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Camus Extra Dark & Intense

70cl, 40%
Camus

Camus Extra Dark and Intense, released fifteen years after Extra Elegance was first introduced, is produced by selecting Extra casks, emptying them, re-toasting them and then returning the spirit…  More info

Camus Extra Dark & Intense
2
$345.27

Hermitage 1914 Borderies Cognac

70cl, 43%
Hermitage

A truly magnificent example of Borderies Cognac, this beauty was sourced by Hermitage from an old cellar to the north of Cognac. The independent bottlers were fortunate enough to obtain a complete…  More info

Hermitage 1914 Borderies Cognac
$1,010.59

Polignac VSOP

70cl, 40%
Prince Hubert de Polignac

A step up from the Polignac VS, the VSOP shows off a chocolatey, nutty side of their fantastic spirit.  More info

Polignac VSOP
1
$30.67

Martell XO Cognac

70cl, 40%
Martell

The brilliant XO from Martell, this is a soft, mellow cognac with hints of rancio, citrus, blossom and walnut, This is made by blending eaux-de-vie from both the Borderies and Grande Champagne…  More info

Martell XO Cognac
4
$162.50

A.E. Dor Cigar Cognac

70cl, 42%
A.E. Dor

Produced by the top cognac house A E Dor, this is a delicious blend of Grande Champagne and Petite Champagne as well as some Fins Bois and Borderies to create the desired flavour profile. It was also…  More info

A.E. Dor Cigar Cognac
$111.72

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