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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.

Daniel Bouju Carafe Prince XO Grand Champagne Cognac

70cl, 40%
Daniel Bouju

Handsomely presented and well matured, this is an XO Grande Champagne Cognac from Daniel Bouju, made from grapes grown in their St-Preuil estate, which resides at the heart of the Grande Champagne…  More info

Daniel Bouju Carafe Prince XO Grand Champagne Cognac
1
$85.47

L'Or de Jean Martell (with Dôme presentation case)

70cl, 40%
Martell

L'Or de Jean Martell, like Hennessy's Richard Hennessy release, celebrates the founder of one of the great cognac houses with a super premium release they would be proud of. Martell, founded in 1715,…  More info

L'Or de Jean Martell (with Dôme presentation case)
$2,734.88

Maxime Trijol XO Grande Champagne

70cl, 40%
Maxime Trijol

A Grande Champagne Cognac from Maxime Trijol, this was awarded a Silver medal at the 2009 International Spirits Challenge.  More info

Maxime Trijol XO Grande Champagne
$100.93

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
$146.44

Hennessy XO

70cl, 40%
Hennessy

The term XO was coined for this very Cognac by Maurice Hennessy in the 19th Century. This blend includes over 100 eaux-de-vie.  More info

Hennessy XO
5
$143.89

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
$35.78

H by Hine VSOP

70cl, 40%
Hine

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

H by Hine VSOP
3
$34.25

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
$107.46

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
$142.29

Michel Forgeron XO Cognac

70cl, 45%
Michel Forgeron

This is the XO Grande Champagne Cognac from Michel Forgeron - they use eaux-de-vie which has matured for between 20 to 30 years for this expression...  More info

Michel Forgeron XO Cognac
$80.58

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
$128.34

Paul Beau Hors d'Age

70cl, 43%
Paul Beau

Paul Beau's Hors d'Age (meaning literally 'beyond age') Cognac is, of course, something very special. Like so many producers they began by selling their eau de vie to the large houses, but Cognac…  More info

Paul Beau Hors d'Age
$84.26

Martell Cordon Bleu

70cl, 40%
Martell

Martell Cordon Bleu 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
4
$99.85

Delamain Réserve de la Famille (cask 363-53)

70cl, 43%
Delamain

Extraordinarily well-aged single cask Cognac - a very rare and exciting sight! Though it was once reserved only for members of their family and their guests, Delamain have started to release single…  More info

Delamain Réserve de la Famille (cask 363-53)
$416.33

Rémy Martin VSOP Gift Pack with 2x Glasses

70cl, 40%
Rémy Martin

This gift pack from Rémy Martin contains a bottle of their famous VSOP Cognac and two branded glasses to enjoy it with.  More info

Rémy Martin VSOP Gift Pack with 2x Glasses
$44.09

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
$39.83

Louis Royer 38 Year Old Grande Champagne Cognac Single Cask Bottling (barrel #26)

70cl, 43%
Louis Royer

Matured in oak for 38 year, this Grande Champagne Cognac from Louis Royer is a very special release indeed. The barrels that housed the eaux-de-vie for 38 years were kept safe and out of sight,…  More info

Louis Royer 38 Year Old Grande Champagne Cognac Single Cask Bottling (barrel #26)
$229.94

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
$50.57

Frédéric Mestreau VSOP

70cl, 40%
Frédéric Mestreau & Cie

Frédéric Mestreau rides again! It's great to see old brands return, especially when they're on great form. VSOP Cognac bottled and blended in the historic town of Saintes.  More info

Frédéric Mestreau VSOP
$49.29

Bisquit Légende Cognac

70cl, 40%
Bisquit Dubouché et Cie

A high quality mid range Cognac from Bisquit, whose home is Château de Lignères on the Charente.  More info

Bisquit Légende Cognac
$50.11

Ragnaud Sabourin Cognac No. 20 Reserve Speciale

70cl, 43%
Ragnaud-Sabourin

Top quality cognac from Ragnaud Sabourin, distilled exclusively from Ugni Blanc grapes grown in the premier Grande Champagne region.  More info

Ragnaud Sabourin Cognac No. 20 Reserve Speciale
$73.57

Frapin VIP XO Grande Champagne Cognac

70cl, 40%
Frapin

A very important Cognac, the VIP XO Grande Champagne Cognac is elegantly rich and spicy. Frapin originally started making wine, but they eventually forayed into the distilling world, and with good…  More info

Frapin VIP XO Grande Champagne Cognac
$152.52

Remi Landier VSOP

70cl, 40%
Remi Landier

Remi Landier use a blend of Fins Bois eaux-de-vie aged for 5 years in French oak casks to create their VSOP Cognac - well rounded with elegant top notes of floral fields, joined by rich fruits and a…  More info

Remi Landier VSOP
$48.81

Club Cigare Grande Champagne XO Cognac

70cl, 42%
Club Cigare

The Club Cigare XO is a blend of well aged eaux-de-vie (an average of around 30 years) from the Grande Champagne region, made to accompany a wide variety of cigars. Of course, this doesn't mean that…  More info

Club Cigare Grande Champagne XO Cognac
$91.70

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
$37.89

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