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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.

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 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.

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The Frapin Signature Cognac is made with 100% Grande Champagne grapes which have been harvested from their vast estate in the South West of France. Its flavours develop brilliantly on the palate, with...  More info
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The VS expression from Cognac producers Remi Landier. This rich, subtly floral Cognac is made with a blend of eaux-de-vie from the Fins Bois region.  More info
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Geffard VSOP Cognac
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Henri Geffard's family have been making Cognac on their estate since 1840, this is their rather fine VSOP.  More info
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This expression from the House of Tiffon near the town of Jarnac, whom have been family run since 1875, is comprised solely of eaux-de-vie from Cognac's most renowned and respected region - Grange...  More info
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From the cellars of Remi Landier comes the Très Vieux Grande Champagne Cognac, taken from family reserves that stretch back over 40 years. Made with eaux de vie from the renowned Grange Champagne...  More info
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An exceptional expression from Remi Landier of Fins Bois Cognac, taken from family reserves which stretch back over 40 years. Absolutely riveting, this complex Cognac features notes of saffron...  More info
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A limited edition release from Remi Landier - the Héritage expression features a blend of very well aged eaux-de-vie from both the Grande Champagne and Fins Bois regions, some of which have been...  More info
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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
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Remi Landier's Napoleon Cognac is produced using a blend of Fins Bois and Petit Champagne eaux-de-vie, which spends over nine years maturing in French oak barrels. Interestingly, Remi Landier say that...  More info
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An XO Grande Champagne Cognac from Daniel Bouju, a renowned family-owned Cognac house from the heart of the Grande Champagne region. They age their expressions in Limousin oak casks, and this XO will...  More info
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A very old, single estate Cognac from Leyrat, the Glory Extra is made using eaux-de-vie matured in casks that were hidden in the far reaches of Leyrat's 'Chai Paradise' cellar - which sounds like a...  More info
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A rich, nutty Cognac from Martell. A very popular VSOP.  More info
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Cognac Leyrat VSOP
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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
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Brission Cognac comes from their 65 hectare estate in Châteaubernard. The grapes used for this VS all came from the Grande Champagne region. An intense, fresh and delicious Cognac, full of character.  More info
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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
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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, before...  More info
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Courvoisier VS 1l
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A litre bottle of Couvoisier VS. The company is based in Jarnac and the company was established in 1835 by Felix Courvoisier.  More info
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XO Cognac from Godet, a house with a very long history which dates back to 1782. They are based in the seaside town of La Rochelle, where they produce, mature and blend exquisite expressions like this...  More info
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A VSOP Cognac blended from eaux-de-vie from the Fins Bois and Petite Champagne regions. Jean Fillioux is produce some exceptional cognacs.  More info
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A 1975 vintage Fins Bois Cognac from the Richard Delisle house in France, presented in a beautiful bottle and simple presentation case. It was also bottled at the eye-watering strength of 66.3% ABV...  More info
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A phenomenal 1980's edition of Napoléon Cognac from Courvoisier beautifully presented and simply delicious.  More info
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A fantastic release from Remi Landier, their Special Pale Cognac is made with a blend of Fins Bois eaux-de-vie and is presented without additional sugars or colours, and is also bottled at 45% ABV...  More info
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Le Réviseur make their Cognac with grapes from the Petite Champagne Cognac region. This VS offers loads of nutty, fruity notes.  More info
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A very old Cognac from A.E. Dor, using eaux-de-vie sourced from the Grande Champagne region. The house was founded in 1858 in Jarnac, meaning they lived through the phylloxera outbreak, in the latter...  More info
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