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Cognac

Popular Cognac Types: VS Cognac | VSOP Cognac | XO Cognac | Prestige 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 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)
$235.79

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
$86.40

Léopold Gourmel Age des Fleurs 15 Carats Cognac

70cl, 42%
Leopold Gourmel

This is a 15 year old Cognac from the House of Léopold Gourmel, produced using grapes grown without chemicals or pesticides and matured in un-toasted French oak casks. Their website claims this…  More info

Léopold Gourmel Age des Fleurs 15 Carats Cognac
$108.02

Bache Gabrielsen Pure & Rustic XO

70cl, 40%
Bache Gabrielsen

The XO expression from the Pure & Rustic range created by Bache-Gabrielsen cellar master Jean-Philippe Bergier, which shows off a modern style of Cognac.  More info

Bache Gabrielsen Pure & Rustic XO
$60.59

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
$38.86

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
$38.07

Olivier Tébily VSOP Cognac

70cl, 40%
Olivier Tébily

Olivier Tébily played football for the Ivory Coast (as well as Birmingham, Celtic and Sheffield United) and moved into winemaking when he retired from sport. Not a bad career! This is the VSOP…  More info

Olivier Tébily VSOP Cognac
$39.08

Courvoisier VS

70cl, 40%
Courvoisier

Courvoisier proudly boast their Cognac as that of Napoleon. It all started when Napoleon took hundreds of bottles of Courvoisier Cognac for his years of exile. Napoleon told Emmanuel Courvoisier that…  More info

Courvoisier VS
5
$25.13

Martell Creation

70cl, 40%
Martell

The super-premium Cognac from Martell, Creation is created with top eaux-de-vie, specially selected from Martell's wonderful cellars. This is made with spirit from the Borderies, as well as the…  More info

Martell Creation
$430.38

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
$41.02

Pierre De Segonzac XO Sélection des Anges

70cl, 40%
Pierre de Segonzac

XO Grande Champagne Cognac from Pierre de Sedonzac's selection. The name of this expression is of course a reference to the Angel's Share, the romanticised evaporation of spirits which takes place as…  More info

Pierre De Segonzac XO Sélection des Anges
2
$87.92

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
1
$43.05

Pierre de Segonzac Réserve XO

70cl, 40%
Pierre de Segonzac

An XO from Pierre Ferrand's Pierre De Segonzac, presented in a handy gift box.  More info

Pierre de Segonzac Réserve XO
$74.17

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
$156.40

Claude Thorin XO

70cl, 40%
Claude Thorin

From Claude Thorin comes their XO Grande Champagne Cognac from the Classics range, featuring Cognac distilled both by Claude and his father André when he was still at the helm of the Cognac house.  More info

Claude Thorin XO
$82.52

ABK6 XO Family Reserve

70cl, 40%
ABK6 Cognac

A single estate XO Cognac from the ABK6 range, just completely jam-packed with classic well-aghed Cognac notes - you've got your cigar box, dusty oak, worn leather, chewy dried fruit, a hint of…  More info

ABK6 XO Family Reserve
$101.07

Louis Royer VS

70cl, 40%
Louis Royer

The VS expression from Louis Royer, who have been producing Cognac from their premises on the banks of the Charente River since 1853, is young but surprisingly mellow and flavourful. Royer even…  More info

Louis Royer VS
$33.86

Richard Delisle XO Cognac

70cl, 40%
Richard Delisle

XO Cognac from Richard Delisle - an indulgent and impressively aged expression, where the youngest eau-de-vie in the blend is matured for at least 6 years before being bottled. Would you just look at…  More info

Richard Delisle XO Cognac
$75.60

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
$99.39

Jean Fillioux Star Gourmet

70cl, 40%
Jean Fillioux

Star Gourmet is a 17 year old Cognac from Jean Fillioux. This Grande Champagne region was aged in Limousin oak casks.  More info

Jean Fillioux Star Gourmet
$83.83

Gautier VS Cognac

70cl, 40%
Gautier

Gautier is one of the oldest houses in the Cognac region and this is their VS expression (previously known as three star), matured at least two and a half years by law and in all likelihood a chunk…  More info

Gautier VS Cognac
$30.24

Godet Gastronome

70cl, 40%
Godet

A beautiful Fine Champagne VSOP Cognac from Godet. This is aged for over 14 years and it was awarded a Bronze Medal at the 2009 International Wine and Spirits Competition in London.  More info

Godet Gastronome
1
$51.28

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
$114.33

Richard Delisle Vintage 1965 Fins Bois Cognac (45%)

70cl, 45%
Richard Delisle

A 1965 vintage Fins Bois Cognac from the Richard Delisle range. Ought to be incredibly interesting for the Cognac enthusiasts looking to explore vintages from long ago. This has been bottled at 45%…  More info

Richard Delisle Vintage 1965 Fins Bois Cognac (45%)
$345.29

Courvoisier VSOP Fine Cognac

70cl, 40%
Courvoisier

A classic cognac, this is matured for between 8 and 12 years in a selection of Troncais and Limousin oak barrels.  More info

Courvoisier VSOP Fine Cognac
8
$35.12

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