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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.

Hardy Legend 1863 Cognac

70cl, 40%
Hardy

This impressive bottle was crafted by Hardy as a tribute to the family behind the brand! Named after the year the house was founded, Legend 1863 is a blend of Cognac from both the Petite Champagne…  More info

Hardy Legend 1863 Cognac
$50.73

Château de Montifaud VS

70cl, 40%
Château de Montifaud

From Château de Montifaud in the Petite Champagne regions comes their entry-level expression - a VS Cognac boasting oodles of fresh fruit sweetness.  More info

Château de Montifaud VS
$32.46

Frapin Grande Champagne Cigar Blend - Single Estate

70cl, 40%
Frapin

Made to go very well with a cigar, this Frapin Cigar Blend Cognac has a luxurious nose of port, hazelnuts and vanilla, followed by a palate of floral and richly fruity notes. Splendid stuff.  More info

Frapin Grande Champagne Cigar Blend - Single Estate
$100.49

Cognac Couprie XO

70cl, 40%
Cognac Couprie

XO Grande Champagne Cognac from the little-known but long-running House of Couprie (founded all the way back in the mid-1700s by Pierre Couprie in Ambleville).  More info

Cognac Couprie XO
$104.61

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
$50.23

Hermitage 1995 Chez Richon Grande Champagne Cognac

70cl, 43%
Hermitage

A truly awesome 1995 vintage Cognac from the wonderful Chez Richon, produced predominantly from Ugni Blanc grapes, though there's a few Folle Blanche in there too. After distillation, it was matured…  More info

Hermitage 1995 Chez Richon Grande Champagne Cognac
1
$110.65

Léopold Gourmel Age du Fruit 10 Carats Cognac

70cl, 41%
Leopold Gourmel

A 10 year old Léopold Gourmel Cognac, matured in un-toasted French oak casks - a characteristic of the range, along with the non-use of chemicals and pesticides when growing the grapes. Fun fact -…  More info

Léopold Gourmel Age du Fruit 10 Carats Cognac
$70.90

Delamain Collection Révélation - Pléiade (cask N°707-03)

70cl, 44.3%
Delamain

A glorious Grande Champagne Cognac from Delamain. The Pléiade series showcases some of the rarer gems from its cellars, which are bottled up unblended due to their exceptional character. This single…  More info

Delamain Collection Révélation - Pléiade (cask N°707-03)
$178.75

Hardy XO Rare Cognac

70cl, 40%
Hardy

This XO Rare Cognac from Hardy is a well-aged blend of grapes from both the Grande and Petite Champagne regions. It spent many moons in Limousin oak barrels, full of rich notes of tobacco and date…  More info

Hardy XO Rare Cognac
1
$81.25

Daniel Bouju VSOP Grande Champagne Cognac

70cl, 40%
Daniel Bouju

The Daniel Bouju estate is situated in St. Preuil, Charente in the Grande Champagne region of France. They use Ugni Blanc grapes to make their Cognac, and age it in Limousin oak casks. Their VSOP is…  More info

Daniel Bouju VSOP Grande Champagne Cognac
1
$48.61

Jean Fillioux So Elegantissime XO 1er Cru de Cognac

70cl, 41%
Jean Fillioux

A superb XO Grande Champagne Cognac from the Jean Fillioux house of Cognac. The Fillioux family have been producing Cognac since 1880, with their estate being established in the Grande Champagne…  More info

Jean Fillioux So Elegantissime XO 1er Cru de Cognac
$109.18

Le Réviseur XO Cognac

70cl, 40%
Le Réviseur

Brilliant single estate XO Cognac, made using grapes taken from the Petit Champagne region of Cognac. Supremely elegant and rich with notes of rancio, oak, vanilla and dried fruit.  More info

Le Réviseur XO Cognac
1
$124.91

Frapin VSOP Gift Set with 2x Glasses

70cl, 40%
Frapin

A marvellous gift set for Cognac fans here from Frapin. It comes with a bottle of Frapin's VSOP Cognac, made exclusively with eaux-de-vie from the Grande Champagne region, alongside a fancy pair of…  More info

Frapin VSOP Gift Set with 2x Glasses
$50.74

Louis Royer VSOP Gift Pack

70cl, 40%
Louis Royer

A handsome Louis Royer Cognac gift pack. Enjoy this VSOP expression with a splash of tonic or fully appreciate its nuances neat within the tulip tasting glass provided.  More info

Louis Royer VSOP Gift Pack
$45.64

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
3
$33.97
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Maxime Trijol VSOP Grande Champagne

70cl, 40%
Maxime Trijol

Made exclusively with Grande Champagne eaux-de-vie - the finest cru in the Cognac region. This includes a good amount of cognacs aged for between 10 and 20 years, and the average age is rumoured to…  More info

Maxime Trijol VSOP Grande Champagne
6
$59.71

François Voyer VS Cognac

70cl, 40%
François Voyer

A delicious entry level VS Cognac from François Voyer, perfect if you fancy getting to know the expressions from this Grande Champagne Cognac house. They use Ugni Blanc grapes and mature their Cognac…  More info

François Voyer VS Cognac
1
$37.01

Louis Royer Extra Grande Champagne Cognac

70cl, 40%
Louis Royer

One of Louis Royer's most well known expressions, their Extra Cognac is made completely from eaux-de-vie taken from the Grande Champagne region, producing a remarkably well-balanced and richly…  More info

Louis Royer Extra Grande Champagne Cognac
$274.23
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NAUD XO Fine Cognac

70cl, 40%
NAUD

Made at NAUD's famous 'hidden distillery' which is on an island in the middle of a wood in the Cognac region of France. NAUD are a family firm who are now run by Jean-Michel and Pierre Naud. This…  More info

NAUD XO Fine Cognac
$80.70

Sazerac de Forge & Fils Finest Original Cognac

70cl, 47%
Sazerac de Forge

A deliciously flavoursome Cognac here from Sazerac de Forge & Fils. This expression features eaux de vie made from some rare and old grape varieties, inspired by the expressions produced by Bernard…  More info

Sazerac de Forge & Fils Finest Original  Cognac
$111.72

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
4
$66.97

Léopold Gourmel Premiéres Saveurs 6 Carats Cognac

70cl, 40%
Leopold Gourmel

This is the entry level expression from the House of Léopold Gourmel, who don't use any chemicals or pesticides when growing their grapes. Also noteworthy is their use of un-toasted casks for the…  More info

Léopold Gourmel Premiéres Saveurs 6 Carats Cognac
$47.68

L’Art de L’Exceptionnel 20 Year Old 1993 Vintage Cognac (WoodWinters)

50cl, 56.3%
WoodWinters

WoodWinters found this cask at a Scottish distillery where it had been held for over ten years, having made it's way over from Cognac itself in a most unusual and, as of yet, unexplained journey,…  More info

L’Art de L’Exceptionnel 20 Year Old 1993 Vintage Cognac (WoodWinters)
$198.06

Hine Rare VSOP Cognac (50ml)

5cl, 40%
Hine

This is a 50ml miniature of Hine's excellent Rare VSOP Cognac, which brings together around 20 different eaux-de-vie from the Grande and Petite Champagne regions. A tasty way to explore some…  More info

Hine Rare VSOP Cognac (50ml)
$4.57

Fanny Fougerat Petite Champagne Cognac - Type 73

70cl, 49.6%
Fanny Fougerat

This expression from Fanny Fougerat is a Petite Champagne Cognac made with Ugni Blanc grapes matured in a single cask before being bottled up at 49.6%. An impressive spirit, offering up bright fruit…  More info

Fanny Fougerat Petite Champagne Cognac - Type 73
$172.62

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