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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.

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
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$113.26

Jean Fillioux Balzac XO

70cl, 40%
Jean Fillioux

Fillioux cognacs are aged solely in Limousin casks with no added boisé (boiled down wood chips added to give a sense of maturity). Instead, the spirits are aged using time-honoured traditions. This…  More info

Jean Fillioux Balzac XO
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$60.26

Jules Gautret VS Cognac

70cl, 40%
Jules Gautret

An entry level Cognac from Jules Gautret, a house which was established way back in 1847. This is their VS expression, which features eaux-de-vie matured in Limousin casks for at least 2 years.  More info

Jules Gautret VS Cognac
$26.76

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
$133.57

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
$144.54

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
$49.58

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
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$109.16

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
$66.34

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
$84.44

Paul Beau Vieille Réserve

70cl, 40%
Paul Beau

The Paul Beau Vieille Réserve Grande Champagne Cognac is a delicious expression that is almost certainly destined to become excellent postprandial drinking. This comes from a family with over 100…  More info

Paul Beau Vieille Réserve
$69.55

Pierre de Segonzac Extra

70cl, 40%
Pierre de Segonzac

Well aged (and well presented) Grande Champagne Cognac from the Pierre De Segonzac range. The distillers suggest enjoying it alongside dark chocolate, vanilla ice cream or perhaps a cigar.  More info

Pierre de Segonzac Extra
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$154.68

Godet Epicure Folle Blanche

70cl, 40%
Godet

One of Godet's top Cognacs, Epicure was distilled from the Folle Blanche grape, and it has been aged in oak for 15 years. A creamy, velvety soft spirit with oodles of rich flavour. Very good indeed.  More info

Godet Epicure Folle Blanche
$55.40

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
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$32.33

Camus Île de Ré Cliffside Cellar

70cl, 40%
Camus

One of three Camus Cognacs developed using grapes grown on the Île de Ré, an island off of the west coast of France that lies in the Bois à Terroirs/Bois Ordinaires cru. The Cliffside Cellar release…  More info

Camus Île de Ré Cliffside Cellar
$87.88

Pierre Ferrand Ambre

70cl, 40%
Pierre Ferrand

This is a delicious cognac form Pierre Ferrand, made with spirit from the premier region - the Grande Champagne. This fabulous brandy was awarded a Gold Medal at both the Cognac Masters and the…  More info

Pierre Ferrand Ambre
$42.77

Drouet Paradis de Famille

70cl, 42%
Drouet

From Drouet & Fils comes one of their most well-aged expression - the Paradis de Famille Grande Champagne Cognac. To create this,the distillers blended together eaux-de-vie which has been matured…  More info

Drouet Paradis de Famille
$105.79

Courvoisier Emperor

70cl, 40%
Courvoisier

Originally released for travel retail in Asia, Courvoisier Emperor is a blend of Petite Champagne distilled on the lees, with Grande Champagne and a little Fins Bois eaux de vie. It's presented in…  More info

Courvoisier Emperor
$95.76

Frapin Château de Fontpinot Millésime 1989 Cognac

70cl, 41.3%
Frapin

20 year old Frapin Cognac which has spent its life at the Château de Fontpinot on the Frapin family's extensive 300 hectare estate in the Grande Champagne region. This is the 1989 vintage.  More info

Frapin Château de Fontpinot Millésime 1989 Cognac
$135.32

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
$288.51

Lhéraud VS Cognac

70cl, 40%
Lhéraud

This is the entry level expression Cognac from the House of Lhéraud, whom are rather fond of direct-fire stills (and who isn't?).  More info

Lhéraud VS Cognac
$32.12

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
$45.86

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
$75.38

Brisson VSOP

70cl, 40%
Brisson

A VSOP Cognac from Gilles Brisson, using eaux-de-vie from the Grande Champagne region.  More info

Brisson VSOP
$31.58

Le Reviseur VSOP Cognac Gift Pack

70cl, 40%
Le Réviseur

Petite Champagne VSOP from Le Réviseur in a fancy gift set with two tasting glasses!  More info

Le Reviseur VSOP Cognac Gift Pack
$52.70

Louis Royer VSOP

70cl, 40%
Louis Royer

The Louis Royer House of Cognac is located on the picturesque bank of the Charente River in Jarnac and has been since it was founded in 1853. They recommend enjoying the Louis Royer VSOP with a…  More info

Louis Royer VSOP
$44.79

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