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Cognac

Popular Cognac Types: VS Cognac | VSOP Cognac | XO Cognac | Prestige Cognac | Hors D'âge 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 (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 most central regions are the most venerated. The premier cru is Grand Champagne, so named for the nature of its soils.

Louis Royer VSOP - Force 53° High Strength Cognac

50cl, 53%
Louis Royer

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

Louis Royer VSOP - Force 53° High Strength Cognac
$35.00

Pierre Ferrand Abel Grande Champagne Cognac

70cl, 40%
Pierre Ferrand

The Pierre Ferrand Abel expression is made with selected well-aged Grande Champagne Cognac from their extensive stocks, chosen specifically for their exquisite characteristics. Ferrand are…  More info

Pierre Ferrand Abel Grande Champagne Cognac
$252.94

Camus Borderies XO Cognac

70cl, 40%
Camus

This Camus XO Cognac is crafted using eaux-de-vie from the very small Borderies cru, matured in oak barrels for many, many years. Gloriously floral with oak-y cinnamon spice, nutty qualities and…  More info

Camus Borderies XO Cognac
$139.20

Maxime Trijol VS

70cl, 40%
Maxime Trijol

A vibrant, balanced Cognac, Maxime Trijol VS offers up delicious fruity, floral notes - possibly the most summery Cognac you'll ever try.  More info

Maxime Trijol VS
2
$28.50

Bisquit XO Cognac

70cl, 40%
Bisquit Dubouché et Cie

An XO Petite Champagne expression from Bisquit of Château de Lignères, said to be one of Winston Churchill's favourite Cognac houses.  More info

Bisquit XO Cognac
1
$105.12

Maxime Trijol Extra Grande Champagne

70cl, 40%
Maxime Trijol

Stunningly presented in a handsome decanter, Maxime Trijol's Extra is distilled from grapes from the Grande Champagne region - the premier designation of Cognac. It offers rich aromas of rancio, with…  More info

Maxime Trijol Extra Grande Champagne
$143.25

Lhéraud XO Carafe Charles VII

70cl, 44%
Lhéraud

An XO Cognac from the Lhéraud House (which dates back to 1860), overflowing with rich vanilla pod, dark coffee and hazelnut notes. Presented in a classy decanter along with a glass stopper for that…  More info

Lhéraud XO Carafe Charles VII
1
$232.93

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
$277.84

Davidoff VSOP Cognac 1l

100cl, 40%
Davidoff

A 1 litre bottling of VSOP Cognac, which has been produced for the Swiss cigar company, Davidoff. Dried fruit, ripe plum, fragrant oak and rich honey notes abound in this one.  More info

Davidoff VSOP Cognac 1l
1
$56.66

Ragnaud-Sabourin Grande Champagne No.25 XO

70cl, 40%
Ragnaud-Sabourin

None of the Ragnaud-Sabourin cognacs are blended between years; they are all matured as vintages. They are also completely unadulterated with no artificial colours or sweeteners added. This is a…  More info

Ragnaud-Sabourin Grande Champagne No.25 XO
1
$109.07

Camus Île de Ré Fine Island

70cl, 40%
Camus

The first of three Île de Ré releases from Camus, making the most of this island near La Rochelle that lies within the Cognac appellation. It's matured in lightly toasted casks within a damp cellar…  More info

Camus Île de Ré Fine Island
$44.28

Daniel Bouju Brut De Fût Royal Cognac

70cl, 60%
Daniel Bouju

This Daniel Bouju Grande Champagne Cognac is aged new Limousin oak casks, after which it is presented "Non filtré" and, rather surprisingly, at cask strength - an eye watering 60% ABV. There's really…  More info

Daniel Bouju Brut De Fût Royal Cognac
$74.78

Rémy Martin Mature Cask VSOP Cognac

70cl, 40%
Rémy Martin

A very popular Fine Champagne bottled in the instantly recognisable frosted bottle. The blend contains 55% Grande Champagne eaux-de-vie, the rest being made up from the Petite Champagne.  More info

Rémy Martin Mature Cask VSOP Cognac
8
$35.00

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
$125.55

Courvoisier VS 1.5l

150cl, 40%
Courvoisier

A 1 and a 1/2 litre bottle Courvoisier VS. A great Cognac with a floral, oaky flavour. Reputed to be the preferred Cognac of Napoleon.  More info

Courvoisier VS 1.5l
1
$49.47

A.E. Dor VSOP Fine Champagne Cognac

70cl, 40%
A.E. Dor

VSOP Cognac from the House of A.E. Dor, founded in Jarnac in 1858. Since then, they've been producing eau-de-vie using grapes from the Champagne region to create this exquisite expression.  More info

A.E. Dor VSOP Fine Champagne Cognac
1
$48.29

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
3
$38.96

ABK6 VSOP Cognac

70cl, 40%
ABK6 Cognac

ABK6 VSOP Cognac is a single estate expression made by the family-owned Cognac house, whom have seen snapping up award after award in recent years. A sublime Cognac in many, many way. Named World's…  More info

ABK6 VSOP Cognac
2
$42.96

Martell VS

70cl, 40%
Martell

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

Martell VS
2
$23.61

Tiffon Vieux Superieur Cognac

70cl, 40%
Tiffon

Richard Braastad, grandson of Sverre Braastad, selected the Cognacs which go into the Tiffon Vieux Superieur Cognac, all of which were aged in oak for over 50 years before finding their way into this…  More info

Tiffon Vieux Superieur Cognac
$121.74

Frapin Cuvée 1888

70cl, 40%
Frapin

A very handsome presentation of some exceptional Frapin Cognac here - Frapin Cuvée 1888 is a reference to Piere Frapin, who selected a Cognac in 1888 that claimed a Gold Medal at the World Fair in…  More info

Frapin Cuvée 1888
$4,510.99

Frédéric Mestreau XO No.28 Fine Champagne Cognac

70cl, 42.5%
Frédéric Mestreau & Cie

Using grapes from the two most prestigious regions of Cognac - Grande Champagne and Petite Champagne - this Frédéric Mestreau XO does the old brand proud and then some.  More info

Frédéric Mestreau XO No.28 Fine Champagne Cognac
$81.32

Hennessy Bras Armé Cognac - 1970s

68cl, 40%
Hennessy

A collectible bottle of Hennessy Bras Armé Cognac from the 1970s. 'Bras Armé', as we all know, is French for 'armed arm', which is a reference to Hennessy's arm with an axe symbol. Please note…  More info

Hennessy Bras Armé Cognac - 1970s
$309.33

Cognac Leyrat VSOP

70cl, 40%
Cognac Leyrat

A great VSOP from Leyrat, this was produced at the vineyards at Domaine de Chez Maillard. They say the terroir is exceptionally good for Cognac production.  More info

Cognac Leyrat VSOP
2
$48.80

Courvoisier Le Voyage De Napoleon VS

100cl, 40%
Courvoisier

The VS expression of Courvoisier Cognac, presented as part of their Le Voyage de Napoleon range, which was originally released for the Travel Retail Market.  More info

Courvoisier Le Voyage De Napoleon VS
$37.04

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